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January 7th, 2007, 07:02 AM
This is the very first starting point of Linux: http://groups.google.com/group/comp.os.minix/msg/b813d52cbc5a044b?dmode=source&output=gplain

It is pretty amazing how it has become exactly what Linus NOT intended it to be!!!

January 7th, 2007, 07:27 AM
For those too lazy to click on the link, it's an archived version of Linus's original post about Linux:
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From: torva...@klaava.Helsinki.FI (Linus Benedict Torvalds)
Newsgroups: comp.os.minix
Subject: What would you like to see most in minix?
Summary: small poll for my new operating system
Keywords: 386, preferences
Message-ID: <1991Aug25.205708.9541@klaava.Helsinki.FI>
Date: 25 Aug 91 20:57:08 GMT
Organization: University of Helsinki
Lines: 20

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 (torva...@kruuna.helsinki.fi)

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 :-(.

January 7th, 2007, 07:42 AM
I've read it before, several times.

January 7th, 2007, 09:22 AM
If you want the whole story, read his biography: "Just for fun: The Story of an Accidental Revolutionary" It is great! :)