The BBC has an overview of Linux's past 10 years."
Linux has developed from those early beginnings into a worldwide
industry and movement. Now it is available in many different
'distributions' that come with a bewildering array of utilities and
programs that have turned it from an engineers tool into something
much more useable.
Its emphasis on openness, collaborative development, stability and
security have helped it grow in stature and stand in stark contrast to
Microsoft's way of doing business." There's also a bunch of reader comments on Linux.