Torvalds Kicks Original Linux PC Into Dustbin of History

12 12 2012

Linus Torvalds

On January 2, 1991 a young Helsinki student named Linus Torvalds went shopping for the most badass computer he could afford. He spent FIM 18,000 — about $3,500 — on a gray brick that came with a 33 megahertz processor and 4 megabytes of RAM.

This unremarkable machine turned out to be a historic computer. Usenet post, announcing the birth of Linux., announcing the birth of Linux. And this was the hardware Torvalds used to painstakingly build the very first different emulators, drivers, and utilities that would help him turn Linux into the wold’s most awesome operating system.

On Wednesday, he severed a final tie with that box. He accepted a patch from developer Ingo Molnar that dropped support for Intel’s old 386 microprocessors, the brains of the DX33 system that Torvalds had purchased all those years ago.

But he was a little wistful too. “Unfortunately there’s a nostalgic cost: your old original 386 DX33 system from early 1991 won’t be able to boot modern Linux kernels anymore,” he wrote. “Sniff.”

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