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Happy Anniversary Linux! Thank you Linus Torvald!


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Today is a very special day for Linux, for it is precisely 20 years ago on this very day Linus Torvalds sat down at his computer to share word of his ‘hobby’ operating system to users of Minix – a UNIX Operating System – on the UseNet newsgroup ‘comp.os.minix‘.That announcement would go down in history.
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)
PS. Yes – it’s free of any minix code, and it has a multi-threaded fs. It is NOT portable (uses 386 task switching etc), and it probably never will support anything other than AT-harddisks, as that’s all I have :-(.
—Linus Torvalds
Small project, massive impact

Little did Linus realize at the time, but his small ‘hobby’ would change the world of computing forever.
It’s funny to think that in 1991 Linux was developed with the intention of supporting just one type of computer. Fast forward to 2011 Linux can be found in almost everything – from personal computers and ATMs to, games consoles, watches, clocks, microwaves, cars and even the New York Stock Exchange.
The Linux Foundation has produced the following infographic to mark the milestone, showing precisely how far and wide Linux has spread in those intervening years…


With people using Android on their phones, scientists, companies, and developers around the world using linux, the further we'll be able to advance our technology forward.

p.s. the smileys are annoying.

Dr. Durr

Misses The Point Frequently
And it's been exactly 30 years since MS-DOS was released and made the term "PC" how it is today.
I've noticed very few fucks given for that.
It's anniversary was a week ago.


'Net Help Desk
The one thing that made Linux special is that, although it was far from what Richard Stallman wanted, Linus Torvald's kernel formed the missing core that completed Stallman's computing system that was Unix-like, ran on ordinary PCs, and was totally free.

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A holiday best celebrated by starting an OS holy war on your favorite tech forum. Keep the tradition alive!


Random furfag
Yay ;3 happy birthday Linux.

What an odd day for Jobs to step down too. x3