Linus Torvalds once wrote the following message:
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 ([Email protected])
It was Torvalds' first announcement that it would begin building a new operating system. This post was posted on the usenet comp.os.minix chat group, and was released on August 25, 1991. 29 years ago.
A computer science student at the University of Helsinki could not afford the Minix operating system for his school. So he tried to find a solution to his problem.
Since then it does exactly the same thing for it Linux, finds solutions.
Torvalds began developing a non-profit operating system in 1991 while attending the University of Helsinki. Inspired by the Unix operating system Minix, it began to develop the kernel known as Linux kernel. Torvalds originally wrote programs that ran on Minix until Linux reached a stage of development where the links between the two functionalities were no longer necessary.
Torvalds then decided to change the license, which until then did not allow redistribution for commercial purposes, making the Linux licensed under the GNU GPL.
I do not think that Torvalds at that time had any idea how important his project is. Its operating system is the basis of the internet as we know it, it is the favorite operating system of servers and Super computers. Or did he know?
Those who have used it Linux they know it is something special.