WHAT KIDS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT LINUX’S LINUS

Microsoft’s worst enemy and rival will be the Linux operating system, Microsoft believes in if you want the best you pay for it, but Linus believes Open source(Free and accessible to edition by a wide range of programmers) is the best way to do software. Another main advantage of Linux over its rival is the fact that you tweak the operating system to your own taste. Linux is an Unix based operating system.

Linux has grown from 250,000 lines of code in 1995, to 1000 developers in 2011 and presently over 13500 developers. From one in every 500 super computers in 1998 to 413 in 500 in 2011, and presently 4 out of 5 super computers use the Linux.

Now, Just like Bill Gates, who is behind this awesome operating system that has also been used in both the Android and Chrome OS; no other than LINUS TORVALDS. Linus is a Finnish-American software engineer that developed the Linux operating system. The first Linux kernel became the main kernel for the Linux distribution.

Linus was born on December 28, 1969 in Helsinki, Finland; he is the son of two journalists Nils and Anna Torvalds. He was named after a noble prize winning chemist, Linus. At Age 10, Linus started writing programs in BASIC on his maternal grandfather’s Commodore Vic 20, where he discovered his love for programming and computers.

Linus went to college in Finland, and also got his masters degree in computer science. He started working on his Linux project while still in college in an attempt to use the likes and fix the dislikes of MINIX (Like not being satisfied with MINIX designed for only teaching purpose but not for industry strength) which he got from asking for review on Usenet. After the release of Linux, Torvalds was bitten by a penguin when he went for a vacation in Southern Hemisphere, which was his inspiration for Linux icon, named nicknamed Tux.

At first, Linux was only adopted for computer users(programmers i.e developers), but presently Linus has worked on it being user friendly, and now it’s Microsoft’s biggest competitor. Red hat (Red hat is an American multinational software company providing open source products to enterprise community) offered Linus stock options in honor of his contribution, from which he earned millions from.

In 2000, Apple’s founder, Steve Jobs invited him to work on Apple Mac OS, Linus refused.

Linus has not only made great contribution to the computer industry, but he has also changed the way personal and office computers install softwares. He has earned serval awards and recognition for his achievements. Linus was given the Millennium Technology Prize, an award in the Internet Hall of fame, a recipient of Time Magazine’s most influential people and one of the most influential people in the world. In 2014, Linus was the recipient of the IEEE computer society computer pioneer award.

Linus has a dislike for C++ programming language and jokes about Linux kernel complies faster than a C++ program. Google plus is the only social media platform he uses, where he is reviewing gadgets at his free time. He is married to Tove Torvalds (they met when he was teaching and asked his student to write him an essay to his email, and she asked him on a date as an essay) with 3 beautiful girls. His current net worth is $150 million.

How Coding Changes a Kid’s Life

Training a child is one of the most strenuous tasks there is regardless whether you are a parent, guardian or teacher. The process is similar for all concerned, as there are many things to be incorporated into the kids before they grow into adults. It has been a source of wonderment why coding for children has suddenly become a much talked about phenomenon in recent times. The reason for its inclusion in elementary syllabus is also puzzling, making some school of thoughts question its ethics on grounds that children are rather too young for such complex matters.

However, since the world continuously tends towards growth vis-à-vis technology, the need to have a basic knowledge of technology is of essence. Kids are now quite familiar with little techs requiring little to no coding like operating toys and other electronic gadgets with remote controllers, connecting and surfing the internet, running computer operations, amongst others. This is some improvement compared to the early years of technology but much is still left that can be done. The world is changing, and we have to evolve with it. Coding, however complex it appears, has a positive impact on children cognitively and other important ways. Such are as follows;


GREAT ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE:
Since coding involves mostly logic and problem solving procedures, it can help children better visualize abstract concepts and apply the approaches to real life problems to get solutions. In addition, it helps foster concision and planning, making them turn out better creators.


CORE VALUES
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Coding helps build and improve the core values needed for life. Core values such as,

  • Resilience: Debugging in programming helps make children capable of tackling complex, frustrating problems by inducing the virtues of perseverance and resilience in them.
  • Focus and organization: As a child codes more complicated programs, he/she learns to be more focused and organized in working since the process of coding involves being organized manner and planning against errors.
  • Creativity: Coding makes children capable of creating their own worlds from their imagination. Not only do they play mobile and computer games, they get to build them also!
  • Communication: Coding sometimes requires teamwork, tending to make the kids collaborate. It thus forms the bane of communication between the children and technology.


CAREER PREPARATION:
Research has it that in 2020 the percentage of IT jobs on the labour market would increase to 22%. Coding is the basic literacy for the digital age, as such, there’s a high demand of tech in industries. Coding helps children excel in a given specialization as a result of the high inclination of the world towards technology.


The most important of all, money. Yes, money. Money is a good motivator. What does Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates have in common? Simple! They are on the list of Forbes’s 20 richest people in the world. Jeff Bezos ranks first and Bill Gates second. Others on the list include; Steve Baller (Co-founder and former CEO of Microsoft), Sergey Brin (Google President), and Carry Ellision (CEO of Oracle).
They have another thing in common; they are involved in Tech and IT. Jeff Bezos owns Amazon, Bill Gates is the co-founder and CEO of Microsoft, and Mark Zuckerberg is the CEO of Facebook.


Bill Gates started coding and hacking at the age of 13. He programmed a software, which scheduled students to classes, and a payroll system for his school. During his high school days, he started a company named Traf-O-Data- selling traffic-counting systems to local governments. Bill also made a tic-tac game allowing users play with computers.


Mark Zuckerberg began coding softwares in middle school, his father- though not a techie- after he saw 10 year old Mark using his computer, got him a programming tutor, who taught him. He built a program, connecting his father’s home and office computers, called Zucknet. He made games out of drawings from his artistic friends for kids his age. While in High school, he built a music player that studies its user’s taste, before going to college to make Facebook.


David Karp joined the likes of Mark Zuckerberg, after he built Tumblr, which he sold to Yahoo Inc., for $1.1 billion dollars. At age 14, he was encouraged by his mom, who saw his interest in computer rather than school, made him drop out of school and be homeschooled on computers.


Techies are sought after in the world, and are highly paid. If a child decides to go into the tech world, he or she stands a chance of being a billionaire and found on the scrolls of history.

10 BENEFITS OF CODERS TO THE SOCIETY

A lot has been hammered on kids and teens learning to program, one would wonder, how- aside money making and prestige, what benefits do coders offer to the world?

A lawyer helps people to save their properties and lives; a doctor heals and treats people of their illness. An engineer builds and stabilises houses, road and building for us, there are lots of benefits of coder to us. In the present society, we will tell 10 benefits of coders to society, grab your seat.

  • Solution to Healthcare Issues

Developers have revolved the medicine world via prolonging life and making life easy for those with disabilities. Through neurosensors and robotics, patients can now have bionic limbs and arms, earphones to aid hearing and speech. Most advanced equipment used in the medical world like DNA sequencing, IVF are all programmed to work with one coding language or the other.

  • Production of Advanced Technology

Drones and most technology- basically all, are all made to possible with the contribution and coming together of programmers trying in the best possible ways to help the world and impact the lives of people.

  • Aiding Other Professions
  • Solutions to Global Problem
  • Robotics

Robots have been of great help in companies, especially factories, enhancing productivity and creativity and fewer jobs for human. From arms,  limbs and

  • Easy Livelihood

All simple things like ordering goods and services, transport (like Taxify and Uber) Communication (WhatsApp, Twitter and Facebook, etc.), and Logistic service, can be done through the internet via coding of web apps, computer software or mobile appsall through possibility of coding.

  • Help Advance Rocket & Space Technology

Elon Musk brought back rockets safely back to earth by reducing the price of sending payloads into space through coding and algorithms. Coding is used to optimise design, 3D printing components and manufacturing rockets.

  • Empowering Education

Through coding and building of websites, E-learning platforms, such s Udemy, Cousera and lots of others, where you can learn anything you want, get more skills and further your education. Through the internet, knowledge can be gained through any source; also projects from colleges and other offline education centres can be completed faster and easier, filled with great information.

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Source of Empowerment

Currently, the technology employees are increasing in the market labour. And the space is not going down, with time and advance of technology, the search rate of coders will keep going on the high. In Nigeria, programming has gone far to reduce the rate of high unemployment within the youths.

Our First Fundraising Event

We will be holding the first fundraising event in Sendai Japan, on the 18th February 2018. The event is tagged ‘equipakschool charity concert’,  showcasing music from Nigeria and popular songs from the United States and Japan.

Performing at the event will be;

Joshua Owoyemi – Nigeria

Ty Dillard – USA

Tai Kusumi – Japan

See the event of Facebook.

Find below the flyer to the event.

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Special appreciation to Communa Inc for designing our first public flyer. We appreciate your support.

If you would like to be part of this event, please send us an inquiry on our volunteer page. We will love to hear from you.

Here We Go

This marks the beginning of the equipAKschool project.

One question that is usually asked is, “Why do we need this project?”. The simple answer is, “Because of the future”. We need to prepare for the future. And by that, we do not mean doing things the same way it has been done so far. Not aids for poverty alleviation, aids for small-scale business nor hand-outs that provide temporary solutions to albeit permanent problems. It means changing our strategy, creating a deep-reaching solution rather than a superficial face-dressing. It means we have to invest in the places where we might not see immediate returns but we know will have a far-reaching impact in the future. This is the reason for this project.

This is a way we can start infusing up-to-date knowledge into our educational systems. And we are focusing on Computer Technology because we think this the most useful area of knowledge that is changing the world right now and the earlier our young people learn the tools afforded by this technology, the better for them.

The government will take longer, but with an initiative like this, we can ensure that our young people equipped with the relevant knowledge that they need for the future. But the future is not theirs alone, but the future of their communities and the future of the country.

We have made this a publicly funded initiative so that the public can as well contribute, observe and be encouraged as the progress is made. This will become a success story, not just for the project but for every contributor and every community that adopts the idea. It might take us a long time but we believe it a step in the right direction that will eventually lead us to a place where we can hold our heads high in the committee of developed nations.

To learn more;

Check out a detailed brief of the project here.

Check out the team and partners here.

See a summary of the project costs here.