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August 25, 2006

Linux 15th Anniversary

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 :-)

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 :-(.

Linus Benedict Torvalds, Aug 25 1991

15 years ago Linus Torvalds wrote for the first time about his project on Usenet. Linux kernel, together with the GNU project have created what it's known today as GNU/Linux, or simply Linux. Google's servers and many other millions servers run Linux. For a small history of Linux, check this site.