Happy Birthday, Linus

Happy Birthday, Linus article tells that today December 28th is the birthday of Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux operating system kernel. The article tells that the birthday has an interesting historical link to the creation of the Linux kernel, too. Some of the funds for buying the Linus’s first PC arrived in the form of birthday presents. The specification of that year 1991 PC were rather sobering: 386, DX33, 4 Megs of RAM, no co-processor, 40 Megs hard disc. Somewhere around March-91, Linus had a 386 system running Minix-386. He then started to write his own software that evolved to Linux. Thank you for Ari Lemmke for creating pub/OS/Linux subdirectory at nic, and thus also gave the system it’s name.

It’s truly extraordinary to contemplate that Linus’s “glorified “Hello world” program” is now running nearly 90% of the world’s top supercomputers and increasing number of smart-phones. Indeed, it is difficult to imagine what the world would be like today had Linus not bought that PC in 1991 with his Christmas and birthday money.



  1. The other says:

    Probably we’d be using *BSDs. Linus did a supreme deed building up Linux and putting all that GNU goodness and culture into a whole operating system. At that time BSD unices were going through the legal process of getting themselves free and probably would’ve been the next in line to be the poster children of FLOSS.

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