Linux turned twenty-five years old this month. Do you remember where you were when Linus Torvalds first announced his open source operating system kernel to the world in August 1991?
Maybe you were already hacking on Minix and hoping, like Torvalds, for something that suited your needs better. Perhaps you were waiting with bated breath for the release of GNU's kernel, the Hurd, and disappointed by its perennial delays. Or you were running Net/2 BSD but wishing for a Unix clone tailored to your Intel 386 computer, as Linux was.
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