When men were men

by unixzealot

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 out your teeth on an 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-look-alike 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 … but I’ve successfully run bash, gcc, gnu-make, gnu-sed, compress, etc. under it.

Linus Torvalds, comp.os.minix, October 5, 1991.