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How to Become Linus Torvalds

May 14, 2010, 00:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Glyn Mody)

[ Thanks to Glyn Moody for this link. ]

"Most people in the free software world know about the famous "LINUX is obsolete" thread that began on the comp.os.minix newsgroups in January 1992, where Andrew Tanenbaum, creator of the MINIX system that Linus used to learn about operating system design, posted the following rather incendiary comment:

"Don`t get me wrong, I am not unhappy with LINUX. It will get all the people who want to turn MINIX in BSD UNIX off my back. But in all honesty, I would suggest that people who want a **MODERN** "free" OS look around for a microkernel-based, portable OS, like maybe GNU or something like that.

"As Linus himself noted in his response:

"Well, with a subject like this, I'm afraid I'll have to reply.

"Apologies to MINIX-users who have heard enough about Linux anyway. I'd like to be able to just "ignore the bait", but ... Time for some serious flamefesting!

"The argument centred around the technical issue of whether microkernels or monolithic kernels were the future. But another heated discussion between Tanenbaum and Linus, which began on 5 February 1992, touches on quite different matters:"

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