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Friday, October 26, 2007

Google Dates Linux to 1910

Google’s experimental time line feature shows that the development of the Linux operating system started back in February 1911. Then from the late 1920s onwards Linux development came to a halt, only to be continued in the 1970s.

Obviously, this is a data hiccup. The explanation? Google is misunderstanding the string “2.6.11” – the Linux kernel version number, mentioned on a Wikipedia page – to be a date, causing this false positive.

[Via Reddit.]

Update: Google fixed this now. [Thanks Nathan!]


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