What would you like to see most in minix? 25 year old messge of Linus Torvalds

It was on 25st August 1991, Mr Linus Torvalds appeared first time on public, sharing his hobby of developing a free operating system. The operating system was mostly inspired by minix operating system and some tools from GNU project were already ported to this. Linus was trying to collect some opinion on his project also wanted to know the features that user's would like to have. That was the beginning of Linux Kernel project that we see today.

25 years has passed since the first message sent by Linus. Over the years Linux has become a full featured Kernel that support a wide range platforms, and give life to most of the facilities that we use today. Its application ranges from small embedded systems to high speed servers that support critical research activities. All these are made possible by the power of so called open source. Thousands of developers across the world has contributed towards this mission and still they continue to contribute.


Linus Benedict Torvalds was a college student when he started developing the Kernel. Even after 25 years, he is a main contributer and maintainer of this project. It is his ultimate authority to decide, what should be included in this project and what should not.

When Linux Kernel celebrates it's 25th birthday, it would be interesting to go through the message shared by Torvalds on telnet.
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 (torv...@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 :-(.
 You can continue reading this chat thread in a google group named comp.os.minix.

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