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Linux Journal: An Interview with Corey Minyard [Kernel Developer]

Jun 13, 2000, 07:58 (1 Talkback[s])


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"How did you first learn about Linux? What were you doing in your own life at the time? (age, student, occupation, etc.)"

"Corey Minyard: It's hard to remember exactly where I learned about Linux. It had to be on Usenet someplace. I downloaded 0.11. I was working as a hardware/software designer at the time and we had just obtained Internet access recently. The timing was right."

"What attracted you to it, compared to FreeBSD, proprietary UNIX systems, or lucrative areas such as Windows? What made you want to help with development?"

"Corey: It had to be Linus' attitude. He had the right attitude to make it succeed. I knew it would be big from the beginning. I helped because when things don't work right, well, it annoys me. Plus, everything else cost too much or was lousy. Except for FreeBSD, which I didn't know existed. I'm not sure it even did exist at that point in time." "What part of Linux were you personally interested in and working on? Are you still involved with Linux development? If so, how?"

"Corey: I sent various small patches in at the beginning. I wrote the CDU31A proprietary CDROM driver (which, amazingly, some people still use, even though the driver doesn't work very well any more due to kernel changes and my inability to support it). I did a lot of work in the 0.98/0.99 days on the TCP stacks finding race conditions and submitting patches. I am currently doing some work on the PowerPC code; I did a major restructure to make adding new platforms easier and I did a port to the Force Powercore board. I'm doing lots of little things for work."

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