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How Linux is Built



While Linux is running our phones, friend requests, tweets, financial trades, ATMs and more, most of us don't know how it's actually built. This short video takes you inside the process by which the largest collaborative development project in the history of computing is organized. Based on the annual report "Who Writes Linux," this is a powerful and inspiring story of how Linux has become a volunteer-driven phenomenon.



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  • Alex Tarakanoff Said:

    How to get sources of this video? I want to make Russian localized video for our OmskLUG. It would be great to translate it.

  • Florian Said:

    not a word was spoken about... wait for it... yes UNIX ;)

  • Seth Said:

    Or GNU. The operating system to go with the kernel.

  • Xavier Mendez Said:

    And who uses Unix? yep you guessed it... almost anyone. Linux is Unix-like, an alternative to Unix.

  • XavierMendez Said:

    Linux is a fully free, updated alternative to the old Unix operating system. Thus it follows the same spirit, phylosophy and models than Unix. But here we aren't talking about the model of Linux, we're explaining how's it built.

  • Xavier Mendez Said:

    The difference is that this talks about COLLABORATION and FREEDOM, something that Microsoft has never wanted. :)

  • Norm M. Said:

    My New Year's resolution to is get "newbies" who have nothing but slow, spyware-filled PCs rotting at home to switch over to (any) Linux desktop distro. My initial plan is to make a simplified "how-to-leave-Windows-behind" instructions on paper. Then, get some feedback (and determine where newbies have trouble getting Linux onto their computers). The next step is to use the webspace alloted to me by my I.S.P. and post this information online. We need a grassroots movement to persuade "dumb users" that Windows or Apple are just out to get their money, not make their lives more productive and simpler. I have been a computer tech working for several companies such as Digital Equipment of Canada for over 30 years and have seen what Windows has done to business and personal productivity. Although the latest iterations of Windows has made some improvements, they are not enough. Too many bells and whistles confuse most consumers and they can barely understand simple functions like "cut & paste" let alone hooking up wirelessly or making their computers HTPC, etc. I hope I live long enough to see mega-corporations like Micro$oft lose market share, and for Linux desktops to become the "gold standard". Zorin OS' attempt to be Windows-like is understandable but possibly ill conceived in the long-run. Purists may think that getting away from the Windows' environment altogether is a better choice. I think the truth lies somewhere in the middle. In the end, if you get just one WIndows user to switch over and leave Windows behind, chances are he/she can convince another friend or family member to switch over too. They might discover all the other distro choices out there and that keeps the ball rolling. In my case, I was able to convince my daughter to drop Vista altogether, and she's been using Puppy Linux now for 3 years solid. No problems, fast booting and shutdown. As responsive as the day I installed it. It's just full of apps and works like a charm. Nuff' said!

  • T. E. Bowan Said:

    That is awesome! I am now in the process of leaving XP for Linux. I have questions? Where is them money? I mean why is Linux free? Windows charge big bucks for their OS, how to developers make money with Linux? Also, being an engineer I hope the Linux will run my CADD programs and alike. I just started my Linux journey and can't wait to leave Microsoft products. Thanks!

  • ibrahim Said:

    what software did you use to make this video?

  • Joe F Said:

    I agree with Norm M's comments above and while I am a relative newby to LINUX I have experience working with UNIX so it is not that difficult for me to pick it up and catch on. We just need to be more convincing to the masses to make the leap to LINUX and cut into Microsoft's market some more -and Apple too!

  • TheLinuxTerminal Said:

    New website about Linux!! http://www.thelinuxterminal.com/