Happy birthday to Linux, eight years old today.
Linux version 0.01 was first introduced into the world on 17 September, 1991, but it has proved a precocious child and has grown very quickly.
Colin Tenwick, vice president and general manager of Red Hat Europe, said: "Eight years ago Linux was a glint in the eye. Now it is on the verge of becoming the most prevalent operating system worldwide."
He added: "In the past 12 months particularly it has accelerated in growth and is being adopted by SMEs and businesses with the backing of the likes of Oracle, Informix and Sybase."
In eight years from now Tenwick does not see it outgrowing its open source origins: "Open source will be the major way software is developed and deployed," he said.
IDC analyst Kirsten Ludvigsen believes Linux is a precocious developer: "It's like a teenager. It has a lot of fun stuff, but lacks maturity and hardcore responsibilities."
"It's not very good at clustering and only handles four processors so far, compared to Sun's Solaris which handles 64," she said, although some there are some bespoke developed versions that do support more than four processors but are not commercially available.
Red Hat is pleased to announce on Linux's anniversary the launch of its certification programme in the UK.
The Red Hat Certified Engineer qualification is aimed at experienced Unix and Linux technical professionals wishing to obtain Red Hat Certified Engineer status.
Tenwick said: "It's all about offering the best level of support and is part of bringing Linux out of the garage and into the office.
He added: "We want Red Hat Linux to be the best quality in the industry."
Lasting five days, the course covers Red Hat Linux installation, basic configuration and administration, advanced installation and configuration, X Windowing, standard networking services and systems administration and security.
It costs £1,599 plus Vat and can be undertaken between October and December 1999.
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