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Linux is an operating system that was initially created as a hobby by a young student, Linus Torvalds, at the University of Helsinki in Finland. Linus had an interest in Minix, a small UNIX system, and decided to develop a system that exceeded the Minix standards. He began his work in 1991 when he released version 0.02 and worked steadily until 1994 when version 1.0 of the Linux Kernel was released.

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The Latest Linux Kernel and System Utilities Information

Linux Kernel
The Kernel 2.6 2.6.39.3 09-Jul-2011
Pre-patch for The Kernel 3.0 3.0-rc7 11-Jul-2011
Snapshot for The Kernel 3.0 3.0-rc7-git7 19-Jul-2011
The Kernel 2.4 2.4.37.11 18-Dec-2010
modutils - Kernel Module Management Utilities
modutils 2.4 2.4.27 07-Mar-2004
For more information, please go to The Linux Kernel Archives, LinuxHQ and
modutils.

Linux System Utilities
util-linux 2.12r 23-Sep-2005
GNU binutils 2.20 16-Oct-2009
e2fsprogs
e2fsprogs-libs
1.41.10
1.41.10
10-Feb-2010
10-Feb-2010
JFS for Kernel 2.4
JFS Utilities
1.1.7
1.1.14
22-Jul-2004
06-Apr-2009
reiserfsprogs 3.6.19 13-Oct-2004
For more information, please go to util-linux, GNU Binutuls, E2fsprogs Page,
JFS Project and ReiserFS.

PCMCIA-CS - Kernel Modules and Utilities for PCMCIA
General Release 3.2.8 17-Jul-2004
Experimental Release 14-Jun-05 15-Jun-2005
For more information for PCMCIA-CS, please go to Linux PCMCIA Information.



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