August 1, 2013

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 (Linus Benedict Torvalds)

To: Newsgroups: comp.os.inix
Subject: What would you like to see most in minix?
Summary: small poll for my new operating system
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Hello everybody out there using minix â Iâm doing a (free) operating
system (just a hobby, wonât be big and professional like gnu) for 386
(486) AT clones. This has been brewing since april, and is starting to
get ready. Iâd 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).

Iâve currently ported bash (1.08) and gcc (1.40), and things seem to
work. This implies that Iâll get something practical within a few
months, and Iâd like to know what features most people would want. Any
suggestions are welcome, but I wonât promise Iâll implement them :-).

Linus (mailto:
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PS. Yes â itâs free of any minix code, and it has a multi-threaded fs.
It is NOT protable (uses 386 task switching etc), and it probably
never will support anything other than AT-harddisks, as thatâs all I
have :-(.

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