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An Enemy Can Be Logically Made Into an Ally

Linus Torvalds – the author of the Linux Kernel and considered as the father of Linux

As I read (well accidentally clicked a link “Linux”) on Wikipedia about the history of Linux, I came to ponder all the struggles and hassles from its conceptualization (which have had a waterfall effect of ideas of several mathematically induced responsible geniuses on computer science) , development (which was contributed by thousands of programmer around the world who read Linus Torvald’s post1 ) and to its public release (many companies started using Linux as the default OS on its computer hardware, well of course end users has the option to install another OS) to become a freely distributable operating system.  It is worthwhile noting that before, there was a war, a war of reasons based on studies and surveys of several organizations like MINIX and GNU before Microsoft comes into the picture not to mention SCO Group filed a lawsuit to IBM accusing of transferring Unix code to Linux, which RedHat countered a lawsuit against SCO, you got the picture right?.  In the past Microsoft had termed Linux a “cancer” and “communist”2  after some surveys, studies including the TCO (total cost of ownership) and debates on online forums from both Linux and Microsoft enthusiasts, when Linux has been widely accepted due to competition. In 2011 (two years today), Microsoft has been the 17th largest contributor of Linux.  If you wanted to get the full story go to 2 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Linux

Disclaimer : All above information and media are from Wikipedia.org

 

REFLECTIONS:  As you all saw from its history and background, it all boils down to make me believed Mahatma Gandhi quoting “First they will ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win” .  The laid out path of an idea before it can be logically accepted can initialized as BOOLEAN bumpy=TRUE; either to accept or drop an idea are all based on a person’s idealism.  Some people can be easily convinced to accept an idea as a fact but some are totally the opposite (which I saw based one’s personal reasons or choice).  But the bottom line is, I’m glad that these computer science personalities and organizations3 had started in an awkward (hmm its been a long time that I have not worked with awk scripting) situation and came out from chaos with a better solution, concrete algorithm, envisioned to patch the gap of communication for the betterment of  the human race through computing.  Truly, God has an usual way of how people will meet and most of the time in an awkward situation (please if you happened to know a Bible verse, which i personally wanted, feel free to drop that line here, thank you).

Bravo Baste!

Jose Nathaniel G. Nengasca

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1 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 (torvalds@kruuna.helsinki.fi)

2 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Linux

3 Linux Torvalds, Ken Thompson, Dennis Ritchie, Richard Stallman, Maurice J. Bach, UC Berkeley, Andrew S. Tanenbaum, Ari Lemmke, Alan Cox, Marcelo Tosatti, Andrew Morton Intel, IBM and all other groups and individuals who contributed to make Linux a success.