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Type: Time-sharing
Creator: Linus Torvalds
Multitasking: Multitasking with paging/swap
Architecture: Originally 80386 now cross-platform.
Date Released: 199x

Linux is a computer operating system originally developed in the 1990s by a student Linus Torvalds. Today's Linux systems are split into various branches, developed over time by millions of volunteers, Debian, Ubuntu, RedHat, IBM as well as various commercial vendors.

Versions of relevance for hobbyists include: