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“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’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 :-(. “
Those familiar with Linux history will know that this is the historic post on a minix newsgroup 22 years ago where Linus Torvalds announced the project that would become Linux. It’s not often that history is recorded like this, however the entire thread is readable in archived form, hosted on an x86 server very likely running a version of Linux.
While we’re able to track down specifics on the development of GNU, open source and Linux, not all of history is that accessible. That’s where All About History comes in, delivering the most accurate stories and facts from History in both historic print form, and futuristic digital editions.
In the first issue, out now, All About History looks at 50 other events that changed the world. This includes the American Civil War which ultimately led to the Civil rights movement, along with scientific and technological advancements that allowed us to land on the moon.
All About History issue one also delves into revolution, a concept well known to free and open source software advocates. Our own Richard Hillesley has written about history of the FOSS revolution, with articles on the fate of GNU’s Hurd OS, the evolution of KDE and qt and much more.