Sixteen years ago Linus Tovalds wrote this little email as he launched a little project he had spent most of the summer working on…
From: torvalds@klaava.Helsinki.FI (Linus Benedict Torvalds)
Subject: What would you like to see most in minix?
Summary: small poll for my new operating system
Date: 25 Aug 91 20:57:08 GMT
Organization: University of Helsinki
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.
Sixteen years later his little “Linux” project is rather big and professional! And his software has made it into MILLIONS of devices for the Top Supercomputers in the world to Mobile Phones! (And in virtually every set top box on millions of TV’s)
It is amazing how a little idea can grow and grow and grow like that!
PS Thank Linux and all the GNU crowd!