Linux Shell Scripting Tutorial (LSST) v1.05r3
Chapter 1: Introduction: Quick Introduction to Linux

Who created Linux?

In 1991 Linus Torvalds was studying UNIX at a university, where he was using a special educational experimental purpose operating system called Minix (a small version of UNIX to be used in the academic environment). However, Minix had its limitations and Linus felt he could create something better. Therefore, he developed his own version of Minix, known as Linux. Linux was Open Source right from the start.

More information on Linus Torvalds, can be found on's short biography page or visit his home page.

What Linux is?
How to get Linux?