Happy birthday, Linux

25 Aug 2020

The only thing that could save UNIX at this late date would be a new $30 shareware version that runs on an unexpanded Commodore 64.

Don Lancaster, The Blatant Opportunist, March-April 1991.

Four months later…

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 (torvalds@kruuna.helsinki.fi)

Won’t be big and professional…

Linus Torvalds, for fun, wrote an operating system so powerful it runs most of the world’s servers, the International Space Station, and all Space-X spacecraft. Much of our progress is made by bored, curious men building amplifiers with nothing to amplify as Don Lancaster put it.

Never underestimate the genius of guys with nothing better to do.