RALEIGH, N.C. – Believe it: Linux turns 15 on Aug. 25.

And the march of the penguins – the embraced mascot for the open source phenomenon – was celebrated Saturday with a pitch-in picnic in San Francisco. The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA. is gathering Linux memorabilia to celebrate.

The hope here is that Bob Young’s famous Red Hat Fedora, or a copy of it, is put on permanent display. After all, Raleigh-based Red Hat, which he helped create, is a world leader in helping Linux gain market share.

Where were you on Aug. 25, 1991?

That’s when Linus Torvalds unveiled his now-famous usenet (remember the pre-web all-text days?) posting about “doing” a “free” operating system?

For a trip down memory lane, here’s the posting:

Path: gmdzi!unido!fauern!ira.uka.de!sol.ctr.columbia.edu!zaphod.mps.ohio-state.edu!wupost!uunet!mcsun!news.funet.fi!hydra!klaava!torvalds
From: torva…@klaava.Helsinki.FI (Linus Benedict Torvalds)
Newsgroups: comp.os.minix
Subject: What would you like to see most in minix?
Summary: small poll for my new operating system
Keywords: 386, preferences
Date: 25 Aug 91 20:57:08 GMT
Organization: University of Helsinki
Lines: 20

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 🙂

Linus (torva…@kruuna.helsinki.fi)

PS. Yes – it’s free of any minix code, and it has a multi-threaded fs.
It is NOT protable (uses 386 task switching etc), and it probably never
will support anything other than AT-harddisks, as that’s all I have :-(.

Happy birthday, Linux, Linus, and Penguin marchers everywhere. It’s been quite a ride.

(FYI, the posting was reprinted from: groups.google.com/group/comp.os.minix/msg/b813d52cbc5a044b?output=gplain