What is Linux?
What is Linux? We’ve all heard of Windows and Mac OS and have likely used either one or both of those operating systems. Linux is an operating system just like Windows or Mac OS. Linux runs on desktop computers, servers and mobile phones all around the world – there are millions of copies of Linux currently running. In fact the web page you’re viewing right now is being served to you by a Linux operating system – and if you happen to be viewing this on an Android phone , then that’s using Linux as well.
The largest Linux installations are on the server side, since most versions of Linux are free to download and install, companies save a lot of money on software licensing costs. The desktop environment is not nearly as large as the server side but it is growing slowly as more people are becoming aware of Linux. Dell recetly started shipping PC’s with Linux Ubuntu as an option over the standard Windows operating system.
Linux was created by Linus Torvalds as a personal project to create a new free operating system kernel. Since then the Linux kernel has been modified and expanded many times over. Linus Torvalds announced this system at the age of 21 on 25th August 1991 in a Usenet posting to the newsgroup “comp.os.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 🙂
PS. Yes – it’s free of any minix code, and it has a multi-threaded fs. It is NOT portable (uses 386 task switching etc), and it probably never will support anything other than AT-harddisks, as that’s all I have :-(.— Linus Torvalds