Happy Birthday! Linux turns 25

Since its inception back in 1991 (25th August, more on this later), Linux has grown faster than anyone could have imagined, capturing the excitement of some of the world's most creative programmers along the way. As a tribute, here's a collection of Linux games, features and general miscellany as we look forward to another 25 years. 

  • Play Save Tux - a highly sophisticated and immersive platformer, critics may have called it a "tour de force" 
  • Tux Inspired Gaming - a selection of the best Tux inspired games 
  • Linux Birthdays - why Linux may have more birthdays than the Queen of England (she has two in case you were wondering)

Play Save Tux

Uh Oh! It looks like Tux may have been partying too hard on the eve of Linux's 25th birthday and he keeps finding himself in spots of trouble. Play the game below to monitor and navigate Tux's safe passage home, avoiding the pesky alert bombs that are blocking his way.

Tux Inspired Gaming

Had enough of that? Play a real game...

Tux assumes a role in the Linux community similar to a certain Super Mario for Nintendo. As a result, Tux is the feature of many open-source games and clones (much better than ours!). These include Tux Racer, Tux Paint, SuperTuxKart and many more. Our favorite however is Super Tux, a Super Mario clone that you can download from GitHub. Take a look for yourself.

SuperTux Mario Clone Screenshot

How many birthdays does Linux have?

Over the course of the last 25 years, Linux has become one of the largest shared technologies on Earth. This year marks the 25th birthday of Linux, but exactly when we should celebrate is a matter of opinion. The majority would consider August 25th to be the official birthday, as it was on this date in 1991 that Linus Torvalds first announced to the MINIX community that he was working on a new operating system. 

However, a month earlier on July 3rd, Linus posted his initial query to a newsgroup for some information he needed to help him with the project. This was the first public semi-mention of Linux, marking another date which we could argue as being particularly notable in celebrating. 

The first public release of the product didn’t happen until October 5th, as this was when the product first became available in the community for use and testing. This release threw a third potential birthday into the mix. 

Whether you count the initial query, first public announcement, or its readiness for use, it is at some point this year that we should celebrate the 25 years of development since Linux first began and the huge impact it has had.