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No Minix code in Linux Ever -- More Evidence

Apr 20, 2009, 21:02 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Pamela Jones)

"It will at least make our historical record on Groklaw more complete. Anyway, it's our policy to provide all the evidence we can find, because I know you'd like to see it for yourself, not just listen to others' conclusions.

" First, let's look at a comp.os.minix comment from Linus Torvalds on August 26, 1991. The date matters, because it is pretty much contemporaneous with the beginning of the kernel and because he obviously was never expecting SCO to make such a false claim in 2003. The subject is, What would you like to see most in minix?:

"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 :-(."

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