If you’re like most Americans, there’s a good chance you stream movies using apps like Netflix and Hulu…
Or perhaps you like to travel and regularly use apps like Uber or Airbnb. Or you use a GPS for navigation.
Or maybe you’re health-conscious and have a smartwatch and fitness tracker to log your daily exercise…
Well, you may not realize it. But all of these activities have something in common.
It’s a program called Linux. And it’s similar to other computer operating systems (OS) like Microsoft Windows and Apple’s macOS.
However, the Linux operating system isn’t used much for personal computers today. Nevertheless, it’s found its way into nearly every aspect of our lives.
So today, I’ll briefly explain the unique feature that sets Linux apart from other operating systems… and how its connection to crypto is a key factor underlying some of the most profitable crypto projects.
The Birth of Decentralization
The story of Linux begins with Linus Torvalds, a student at the University of Helsinki.
In 1991, he bought his first IBM computer, but he wasn’t a fan of Microsoft’s MS-DOS operating system.
At the time, computer hardware and alternative OS software were significantly more expensive than today… So Torvalds set out to save money and build his own OS.
When he started working on Linux in 1991, he described it as “just a hobby, it won’t be big and professional.”
But of course, creating an OS from scratch is a monumental task. And Torvalds knew he couldn’t do it all by himself. So he contacted fellow PC enthusiasts over the internet to ask for help.
Over 100 developers joined Torvalds, and in March 1994, they released Linux version 1.0.
Today, there are over 600 versions of Linux. And it continues to be one of the most used operating systems in the world.
So, how did Linux become widespread and a part of so many different apps today… especially when it was created by just one guy and a group of volunteers?
You see, Linux wasn’t developed in the traditional top-down, company-like approach. Instead, it was developed in an organic, decentralized, interest-based way.
That’s because Torvalds made the code and software he created available for free.
It was the beginning of open-source development.
This is different from the proprietary model many of the most popular software products follow today.
For example, Microsoft controls the code and licensing of its Windows operating system. Only they can work on it, meaning any upgrades have to be approved by Microsoft first.
However, in the open-source model, anyone is free to collaborate, use, and modify a piece of software.
And as we see with Linux, open-source development can create products with great value.
But just because it’s “free” doesn’t mean there aren’t investment opportunities.
Red Hat is a great example. It’s a company that provides open-source, Linux-based software products to companies. And while the software is free, Red Hat’s specific services are not.
So, when the company went public in 1999 it was able to raise $72 million… and 20 years later, IBM acquired it for $34 billion, an increase of 47,122%.
Red Hat successfully leveraged the open-source model and became a hugely profitable business.
Today, we’re seeing a similar story unfold in crypto…
Profiting From an Open-Source Ecosystem
Nearly all the major cryptocurrencies and blockchain networks follow the open-source model.
For example, Ethereum is currently made up of over 250 separate software repositories, each focusing on different aspects of the project… And it’s all publicly available.
But it’s not just Ethereum.
According to Electric Capital’s recent Developer Report, the number of blockchain developers (which they call Web3 developers) is at an all-time high and growing faster than ever.
This open-source nature of cryptos is a key component of what we’ve been calling the Next Era of Computing… and our favorite way to play this trend is with what we call “Tech Royalties.”
Few investors know of them… and even fewer understand their massive potential.
Like a traditional royalty payment, Tech Royalties give you access to the explosive upside of crypto as the underlying projects grow… and allow you to earn more crypto on top of your initial investment.
So, you earn regular payments from certain cryptos, whether the crypto market goes up or down, just for owning them.
And just like the open-source development of Linux, more people involved in these projects means greater opportunity for growth and profit.
We have readers making over 1,200% a year in one Tech Royalty based on their original investment… and we expect even greater returns this year.
There’s a huge catalyst on the horizon that will launch Tech Royalties to the stratosphere… and it’s going to happen very soon.
We call it the “The Merge.” And when it triggers, it’ll open the floodgates giving more than 56 million new investors access to crypto.
When Linus Torvalds began developing Linux, he had no clue his software would become as big as it is today… or power everything from your Netflix stream to your GPS.
Crypto and Tech Royalties are the next evolution of that open-source mindset. And their decentralized framework means anyone can take part.
If you’re not already invested, consider buying some Ethereum today. Over the next few years, we expect ETH to grow 10x – or more – from today’s prices… especially following the recent dip in crypto. So a small $200 position is a good entry point for most investors.
Analyst, Palm Beach Daily