person:linus torvalds

  • How Linux was born, as told by Linus Torvalds himself | Ars Technica UK

    Even though Linus had rushed out to buy his PC as soon as he had scraped together the money to do so, he was unable to plunge into the world of Unix immediately, since it took several months for the Minix floppy disks to turn up. So he passed the time as any real coder would—by playing games like Prince of Persia under MS-DOS. He was also exploring the architecture of the Intel 80386 chip.

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    • The same person who told me that the standards weren’t available also told me his area of interest was kernels, operating systems. He had this small area on [the FTP server], and he said: “hey, I’m putting a directory aside for you.” So he created the /pub/os/linux directory.

      Linux was my working name, so in that sense he didn’t really name it, but I never wanted to release it as Linux. Linux was a perfectly good working name, but if I actually used it as the official one people would think that I am egomaniac, and wouldn’t take it seriously. So I chose this very bad name “Freax,” for “Free Unix.” Luckily, Ari Lemmke used this working name instead. And after that he never changed it.

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