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Jon "maddog" Hall Wishes Linux a Happy Birthday: Three Personal Stories

As one of the godfathers of Linus and Tove's first two children, Patricia and Daniela, I visit them as much as I can just to see the family and to see how they are doing. We hardly ever talk about Linux itself.

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Stories of Linux: Interview with Ian Murdock on Debian's Early Days

If you want to look at the history of Linux, you can hardly escape talking about Debian. Debian has played a major role as part of the Linux ecosystem, and it'd be hard to imagine what the world would look like without it. But it wasn't always a major player — in fact, Debian wasn't even the first Linux distribution. But Debian founder Ian Murdock did things a bit differently, and that has made all the difference.

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Stories of Linux: A Look at Slackware Linux

When talking about Linux, users often think about the distributions they use — Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian, openSUSE, and so on. But in the beginning, there were no Linux distributions — users had to go through quite a bit of fuss to have a working Linux-based system. The first distributions haven't survived the test of time, but one of the earliest — Slackware Linux — is still going strong after nearly 18 years.

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The Birth of Linux: How Linux Got Started

It's hard to believe, but this year marks the 20th anniversary of Linux. If you're a new Linux user, you might wonder how it all got started. As part of the Linux Foundation's celebrations for the 20th anniversary of Linux, is going to be running a series of stories that looks at the history of Linux — starting with the history of how it all began.

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