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August 26, 2011 AT 12:01 am

Happy birthday linux – “just a hobby, won’t be big and professional”

Sit3-Shine.7

What would you like to see most in minix? – comp.os.minix.

Linus Benedict Torvalds  
Aug 26 1991, 2:12 am

Hello everybody out there using minix –
I’m doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won’t be big and 
professional like gnu) for 386(486) AT clones.  This has been brewing 
since april, and is starting to get ready.  I’d like any feedback on 
things 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, and 
I’d like to know what features most people would want.  Any suggestions 
are welcome, but I won’t promise I’ll implement them 🙂

                Linus (torva…@kruuna.helsinki.fi)

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 never 
will support anything other than AT-harddisks, as that’s all I have :-(.

When people ask us “why do open-source anything” they usually do not know how ubiquitous linux is and all the wonderful things that have happened because of it – with it. It’s everywhere, runs almost everything and it’s invisible. Linux started out as “just a hobby, won’t be big and professional”… just like a lot open-source hardware projects now 🙂


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1 Comment

  1. Continental airlines uses a redhat distro for their onboard entertainment system and runs stuff off of SD cards(according to the reboot screen)

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