We have all celebrated Linux birthday on August 25 since it 'was' official date when Torvalds released it's Linux kernel v0.01. And it was good but according to article published on web site www.cio.com, Linux kernel was released couple day later and it was on September 17, 1991. Interesting for me was a fact that real name of Linux kernel in those days was actually FREAX. As I have read, Linus Torvalds confirmed all these information by it self on LinuxCon in Toronto, North America.
Image: Linux Kernel v0.01 | Released on September 17, 1991
For those who don't know, Torvalds originally named his kernel 'Freaks' - a mix of 'free', 'freak' and UNIX. But when his coworker uploaded the kernel to the FTP site, he didn't like the name and renamed it to Linux, without asking Torvalds (http://www.cio.com/article/3121811/linux/it-s-official-linux-was-released-on-september-17-1991.html). Here's the screen shot of the FREAX kernel I have take my self on my Linux desktop and see it my self:
Image2: Original FREAX kernel | Screen shoot
Back in 1992, Torvalds plan to release the Linux kernel under commercial license but he later states that he changed the license to GNU/GPL v2.0 in order to allow the contributors to help improve and develop Linux kernel for good. This the screen shoot of Linux kernel that was later renamed and published as Linux kernel:
Image3: Original Linux kernel | Screen shoot
So now we know the actual birthday of Linux kernel which was on September 17, 1991 and thanks to Linus Torvalds, the father of Linux that we today have on of the most successful GPL project and open source story in the world. It is thanks to Linux that the big companies such as Microsoft, Google, as well as Apple are open sourcing their AI and software for the global IT community and future of the world.
Please make sure to check the original article about Linux release date here: