30 years of Linux: Linus Torvalds announced the first Linux on Usenet

30 years of Linux: Linus Torvalds announced the first Linux on Usenet
30 years of Linux: Linus Torvalds announced the first Linux on Usenet

Even if the first Linux kernel was only released on September 17, 1991, August 25, 1991 is generally considered to be the birth of the free Linux operating system, as the chief developer Linus Torvalds published a corresponding announcement on Usenet on that day. 30 years later, Linux has long been at home everywhere.

It all started with a hobby called Linux

On August 25, 1991, the then 21 year old student Linus Torvalds published a corresponding announcement in the Usenet topic group “comp.os.minix”, which dealt with the Unix operating system Minix, and promised a free operating system for i386, that should start as a hobby project.

The corresponding announcement on Usenet from August 25, 1991 can still be accessed.

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

 
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