Linux Announces 20th Anniversary Celebration Plans

The Linux Foundation has began celebrating the 20 year anniversary of the open source operating system created by Linus Torvalds in the summer of 1991.

In a blog post, Linux Foundation's Amanda McPherson kicked off the celebration by posting a video which tells the story of Linux.

“Twenty years ago this summer, Linus Torvalds made a bold decision to share his operating system with the world. Not long after that, he chose to license it under the General Public License. Nothing in computing has been the same since,” she wrote on the blog.

McPherson said that the Foundation has also launched a video contest, inviting Linux fans and community members to create videos that show how Linux changed the landscape of open source computing.

The winners of the video contest, who will be chosen by Torvalds himself, will be announced at the main LinuxCon event taking place in Vancouver from August 17th to 19th, 2011. The Foundation will additionally be holding a LinuxCon even in Japan.

The Linux Foundation is also inviting people to record a 20th anniversary message thanking Torvalds and the entire Linux community. The messages can be recorded from the video booths that will be present on-site during the LinuxCon event and other events.