Linux Day is Here!

At long last, I will post about it.  Back in 1991 on this day, Linus Torvalds made the source code of his kernel that he named Linux available for the first time online.  Nearly two decades have passed since the code was simply uploaded for editing and review.  The following is the original e-mail that he sent out:

From: torvalds@klaava.Helsinki.FI (Linus Benedict Torvalds)
Newsgroups: comp.os.minix
Subject: What would you like to see most in minix?
Summary: small poll for my new operating system
Message-ID: <1991Aug25.205708.9541@klaava.Helsinki.FI>
Date: 25 Aug 91 20:57:08 GMT
Organization: University of Helsinki

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 POSIX compliant kernel silently became more and more popular, and was combined with GNU software and other tools and applications that were also licensed in a similar manner.  I see a lot of change in the wind……

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