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Linux, the kernel that moves the technological world, turns 30

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Hello everyone out there using minix –

I am developing a (free) operating system (just as a hobby, it won’t be big and professional like gnu) for AT 386 (486) clones. This idea has been maturing since April, and now it is starting to be ready. I would like to receive any comments on things that people like and don’t like about minix, as my operating system looks a bit like it (same physical layout of the filesystem (for practical reasons) among other things).

I have already moved bash (1.08) and gcc (1.40) and things seem to work. This implies that I could have something practical in a few months, and I would like to know what features people would like to have the most. Any suggestions are welcome, but I don’t promise that I will implement all of them 🙂

This is how Linus Torvalds, on August 25, 1991, presented Linux, the kernel for operating systems that has changed the world , both because of the technology that has been deployed around it, and because of the development model that it has incorporated and popularized. in the business sector and that has revolutionized software development.

A very young Linus Torvalds looking for inspiration to create Linux

Of course, none of what Linus has achieved with Linux would have happened if a few years earlier a character named Richard Matthew Stallman had not embarked on a personal crusade that has also changed the world, with Linux as its greatest exponent, even though it does time that philosophy and pragmatism have clashed.

Thus, while the Free Software movement turned 30 years ago more than five years ago, Linux turns 30, halfway between the definition with which it was born – it continues to be developed under the GPLv2 license, which is not what it was born with, eye- and the one that has ended up exploding around it, read Open Source or open source.

In any case, as with the birth of Free Software – thus, in capital letters – Linux is questionable as to the exact date to celebrate: was it in April 1991, when Torvalds started working on the kernel; in August 1991, when he published the famous message that we have recovered above; in September 1991, when version 0.01 was uploaded to the FTP server of Helsinki University of Technology…?

The truth is that it does not matter: Linux turns 30 this 2021 and due to the milestones achieved, it is well worth leaving the entire year as an anniversary, despite relegating the reminders to certain days, because otherwise it would be a non-stop. And it is that Linux is omnipresent in the current technological world, inexplicable without the existence of the Linus Torvalds project – supported by thousands of developers.

None of this occurred to good old Torvalds when he announced that he was working on Linux, but this is how many of the great advances and companies in history have begun. ” If Microsoft ever makes applications for Linux, it means that I have won “, the famous Finn once said … And if he was satisfied with that, he certainly won a long time ago.

For the rest, you name it , what the Anglo-Saxons say: servers, personal computers, supercomputers, embedded devices, mobile telephony, automotive, consumer electronics in general … Virtually everything that matters today moves with Linux in its guts, and if It is not with Linux, most likely this has had to do with the development model used, that of open source.

The same thing happens with the technologies that have revolutionized the world in recent decades, from the cloud to the Internet of things, artificial intelligence, machine learning, deep learning … It is difficult to imagine how things would have been without Linux; The only thing for sure is that they would have been very different, let alone the drive for the open development model, a standard today in the business sector.

Many more things could be said about Linux, but as we usually say them, that is why we are called MuyLinux, we will settle for congratulating the anniversary to Linus Torvalds and, of course, to the thousands of people who have contributed with its development, as well as with the burgeoning open source ecosystem… and Free Software, because you can’t understand one without the other either.

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