Linus Torvalds released Linux as a free operating system on October 5th, 1991. If you were young when this was going on it was pretty exciting. When I was young Linux was all the buzz in 1992 among my programming friends and we soon found ourselves jumping the Microsoft ship and into the Linux boat. While Linux was originally intended for x86 computers it was soon ported numerous hardware platforms and current remains the most ported of all operating systems. While early pioneer distributions popped up distributions like Debian, Slackware and RedHat were strong in the early-mid 90s among the users of the system. These days distributions like Ubuntu and Linux Mint offer a lot more of an instant setup and don't necessarily require much post-installation procedures to get things where you want them. Previously you'd have to do a fair bit of work if you wanted your Linux system to be where you wanted it. Thanks to the open source community the support is far and wide and quite accessible and Linux is a contender as a mainstream operating system.