Linux cumple 17 años

6 10 2008

El 5 de octubre del 1991, Linus Benedict Torvalds ofrecía gratuitamente código fuente de un kernel similar al sistema operativo Minix en comp.os.minix.  La cita con la que abría su post era la siguiente:

Do you pine for the nice days of minix-1.1, when men were men and wrote their own device drivers? Are you without a nice project and just dying to cut your teeth on a OS you can try to modify for your needs? Are you finding it frustrating when everything works on minix? No more all-nighters to get a nifty program working? Then this post might be just for you :-)

As I mentioned a month(?) ago, I’m working on a free version of a minix-lookalike for AT-386 computers. It has finally reached the stage where it’s even usable (though may not be depending on what you want), and I am willing to put out the sources for wider distribution. It is just version 0.02 (+1 (very small) patch already), but I’ve successfully run bash/gcc/gnu-make/gnu-sed/compress etc under it.

El resto es historia; hoy existe una enorme variedad de distros, tenemos Android, un sistema para móviles basado en Linux y Ubuntu ha logrado penetrar entre los usuarios que no necesariamente son “geeks”.  Todavía queda un largo camino por recorrer, pero el horizonte de Linux se ve muy prometedor.

Fuente: Linux Journal



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