27 Aug 2006

Happy birthday, Linux!

前面提到过,今年是 Linux 的第 15 年; 前些天,redherring.com 也对 Linus 进行了简单的采访。那么,Linux 究竟是在哪一天为世人所知呢? 1991 年 8 月 25 日。

Alex 转了下面 Linus 的邮件,这封邮件被几乎所有介绍 Linux 书收录,不难看到,但我仍然愿意在这里再帖一下:
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 :-)

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 :-(.

Linus Benedict Torvalds, Aug 25 1991
1991 年 8 月 25 日,我刚刚开始上小学二年级,在我家乡的凤凰完小;11 年之后的 2002 年 10 月,我开始看 Linux 方面的书; 14 年后的 2005 年 7 月,我进入现在这家公司,做嵌入式 Linux 开发; 15 年后的 2006 年 8 月,我决定为 Linux 做点什么。

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