Linus on Linux, 22 - and 5 - Years Later
In case you weren't aware, Linus is on Google+. Here's a recent post:
It's been 22 years since (one of) the original announcement(s) so I wanted to try to come up with some interesting numbers...
But in the end, it's just that single number: 22 years. More than half my life, and things have certainly changed since then.
Now to be fair, today isn't the only birthday: Aug 25, 1991 was the date for that original pre-announcement, but there's a few other relevant dates that may be even more relevant as "birthdays of Linux".
The actual 0.01 code release was September 17. But while it was uploaded to a public site, there was no public announcement of it. So in that sense Oct 5 might be the true "coming out" date - that is when 0.02 was done, announcement and all.
But you know what? You can have cake on any of those three days (or eat it continuously for the whole range). Go wild.