This chapter has detailed the history of Linux and explained where it came from. It also explained why Linux came into being. We looked at how Linux formed one of the building blocks of a political movement geared toward producing software that can be shared.
We discussed the creator of Linux, Linus Torvalds. We've also looked at the massive input the GNU Project has made and, in particular, that of its philosopher king, Richard Stallman.
In the next chapter, we move on to look at what you can practically expect from day-to-day use of Linux.