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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TOMTOM? Why are you paying to Microsoft?

29 03 2012

Year 2007, Microsoft’s used Forbes to accuse Linux of infringing upon its 235 patents. The one sided, pro-Microsoft Forbes story was seen as an attempt to scare the Linux companies and customers. It failed. I talked to almost every top-shot in the free software world and did a long story exposing how bogus those claims were. You can read the story here [PDF].
Linux continued to grow and with Android it is today the dominant platform of the world in the mobile market. Microsoft has not given up. They are still playing the same old, scare tactics. They are signing undisclosed deals with Android players over Linux patents.

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Linus Torvalds in comp.os.minix Dec 23 1992, 8:34 am wrote:

(b) do the long filenames by fooling around with several consecutive minix-type directory entries. Depending on how you do it, you can make old binaries see only th first characters of a extended filename, while new binaries see them all. Besides, this means you won’t waste a full 64-char direntry for short files, but instead use several entries only when necessary. The downside is that it’s a bit more work in the kernel.

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Linux 2.6.29 disponível

25 03 2009

New Kernel LogoFoi o próprio Linus Torvalds, o criador do Linux que anunciou na noite passada a imediata disponibilidade do Kernel 2.6.29 do Linux, a versão que inclui o suporte inicial do sistema de ficheiros Btrfs.

Btrfs é um novo sistema de ficheiros criado por Chris Mason e desenhado para ser como o ZFS ou o WAFL. Quando este novo sistema de ficheiros estiver estabilizado irá substitui o Ext.

Além do mais, a partir desta versão o logo do Tux ( mascote do Linux ) será temporariamente substituída por um diabo da Tasmânia, é opinião do Linus que todos devemos contribuir para salvar esta espécie que se encontra em perigo.

Já antes tinha publicado uma entrada sobre uma acção de sensibilização do Linus para o facto.

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