A Little Linux History
From the Pocket Linux Guide by David Horton - at tldp.org
"In the early 90's GNU/Linux systems consisted of little more than a beta-quality Linux kernel and a small collection of software ported from the GNU project. It was a true hacker's operating system. There were no CD-ROM's or GUI installation tools; everything had to be compiled and configured by the end user. Being a Linux Expert meant knowing your system inside and out."
Just for fun ... A trio of Tuxes ...