Linux has arrived at the University

The popularity of the Linux operating system developed by former university student Linus Torvalds keeps growing.

Linux penguin With 94 per cent of the market, Microsoft continues to be the leading supplier of operating systems for personal computers. During the last three years, however, Linux has risen to challenge Microsoft, doubling its share of home and office computer operating systems according to the September issue of MITÂ’s Technology Review.

With 3 per cent of the market, Linux has already left Apple behind. According to the market intelligence firm IDC, Linux will double its share of the market by the end of 2005.

At the University of Helsinki, Linux is being introduced at computer centres as an alternative to Windows.

"Until now, we have had to postpone implementing Linux because it has not really been compatible with the other components of the network. As soon as we have resolved the problems, Linux will be made available to everyone at the University," says Launo Tuuri of the University's IT Department.

"Our aim is to offer an up-to-date, centrally maintained, fully working and secure workstation environment for people at the University."

Linus Torvalds released the first version of the Linux operating system in October 1991. He was a student at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Helsinki at the time. Today, Linux is known everywhere. It can be downloaded free on the Internet or purchased.

Text: Tapio Nurminen
Photo: Larry Ewing

Translation: Valtasana Oy

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