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Linux.com: Community Forum: Philosophizing the Kernel

Jul 24, 2000, 03:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Biggs)

"Red Hat Software's Letter to Shareholders that accompanied its 2000 Annual Report contains something very special. The back of the letter holds both the key to all wisdom and the key to Red Hat's business plan: the source code and comments for the Linux v0.01 kernel, written by Linus Torvalds in 1991."

"This arcane document, recreated in its entirety by Red Hat Linux scholars (although the open-source Taliban are sure to argue against its placement of include files and source for years to come) proves two things about Linux: it's small (the entire kernel fits on the back of a poster-sized sheet, albeit in small type) and it's a gripping read. In an effort to trace the philosophy of Linux back to its source, the following is a brief and admiring look at what some would call The Writings of Linus Torvalds: The Hacker Way of Power."

"Linus' kernel begins with a rare thing in the Linux kabala. Here we find Linux's true name, the name given to it by its creator: Freax. If time and history had not stepped in, news of the Freax revolution would have been plastered on Business Week, People, Cat Fancy, etc., leading confused investors to put money into refrigerants."

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