Friday, August 27, 2004

Happy Belated Birthday Linux

Yesterday was Linux's birthday. By Linux I mean the core kernel alone. It was on Aug 25, 1991 that Linus put the first message about Linux.

From: torvalds@klaava.Helsinki.FI (Linus Benedict Torvalds)
Newsgroups: comp.os.minix
Subject: What would you like to see most in minix?
Summary: small poll for my new operating system
Message-ID: 1991Aug25.205708.9541@klaava.Helsinki.FI
Date: 25 Aug 91 20:57:08GMT
Organization: University of Helsinki

Hello everybody out there using minix -I'm doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won't be big andprofessional like gnu) for 386(486) AT clones. This has been brewing since april, and is starting to get ready. I'd like any feedback onthings people like/dislike in minix, as my OS resembles it somewhat(same physical layout of the file-system (due to practical reasons)among other things).I've currently ported bash(1.08) and gcc(1.40), and things seem to work.This implies that I'll get something practical within a few months, andI'd like to know what features most people would want. Any suggestionsare welcome, but I won't promise I'll implement them :-)

Linus (

PS. Yes - it's free of any minix code, and it has a multi-threaded fs.It is NOT protable (uses 386 task switching etc), and it probably neverwill support anything other than AT-harddisks, as that's all I have :-(.

Linux is now 13 years young ;)
See also : Understatement of the century


Sanket said...

This is how I express my love (and association)for Linux.

"My life's linux.. It's free.. It's buggy.. It's savage. But it works! Er.. well.. waiting for someone to recompile the kernel..."
- Sanket

I looooooooovvvvvvveeeeeee linux.

Praveer said...
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Praveer said...

To all those who say Linux is free ...
-> Linux is free only if your time has NO VALUE !

The gist of all the linux/windows usability comparisons...
-> Problem in windows:Reboot, Problem in Linux:Be Root

Simply Simple.