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Linux 3.17-rc2 Release Marks 23 Years of the Linux Kernel 106

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An anonymous reader writes Linus Torvalds released Linux 3.17-rc2 today in commemoration of the 23rd anniversary of the original kernel announcement. It was on 25 August 1991 that he announced his new OS project to the Minix users list.
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Linux 3.17-rc2 Release Marks 23 Years of the Linux Kernel

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    Posting in an incorrect listserv about his new OS. Good work, Linux, on 23 years of hardcore trolling.

    • Furthermore, in the very first reply, somebody is already trying to port linux (to an amiga)

    • Wow, time flies! Soon it will be the 20th anniversary of Linux on the Desktop Year.
      • by GreatDrok (684119) on Tuesday August 26, 2014 @12:17AM (#47754197) Journal

        "Wow, time flies! Soon it will be the 20th anniversary of Linux on the Desktop Year."

        You think you're funny but I first had Linux as my desktop in 1995 and shortly after I was one of the founding members of our university Linux User Group.

      • by gl4ss (559668)

        in the timezone about 1995-1996 linux had better drivers and more drivers than windows 95. I ran linux on desktop back then because it was better in almost every possible way!

        isdn worked pretty much "out of the box"(out of the stack of cd's bought from local pc shop).

        graphics cards worked just fine. when 3dfx voodoo came out, it worked on linux just fine. soundcards worked just fine. you could run bigger virtual desktops than on windows with ease. friggin realmedia released software at the same time for lin

        • by lkernan (561783)

          in the timezone about 1995-1996 linux had better drivers and more drivers than windows 95..

          So a 3 year old OS had more drivers than a 3 month old OS, big surprise there. Newsflash, at that stage, DOS had more drivers than Win95.

          • Ok, but then let's consider the fact that in 2002 you could install the powerpc port of linux on a powerbook and have everything, gigabit ethernet, 3d, wireless, sound, firewire, working with open source drivers (the modem required a blob). While now you have trouble with firmware, drivers, boot process, even finding the keys to boot into bios/uefi mode. No I am not talking about the crypto keys, the KEYBOARD keys are not so well documented for new laptops.

            In other words, if hardware makers hadn't all these

  • by BeanBagKing (1151733) on Monday August 25, 2014 @07:11PM (#47752831)
    heh :)
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Like many of us it needs work at trimming down its size. So take it easy on the birthday cake etc.

    (Before moderators get all wound up, Linus has been saying it himsellf for years.)

  • Hail Eris (Score:4, Funny)

    by Richy_T (111409) on Monday August 25, 2014 @07:27PM (#47752947) Homepage

    Hail Discordia.

  • In the US anyway.

    I started in on Linux a year later after buying my first 386-40(?) system and wondering what I'd install on it. Wound up with Linux after trying OS/2 and kinda avoiding the *BSDs because that just looked like a cluster----. Got a small stack of floppies and my career from there was set.

    I've done a lot in that time - three books, two computer-based training CDs, lots of work on the LDP, was at Red Hat going for my RHCE the day they had their IPO, worked for VA Linux, designed and ran rathe

  • by Greyfox (87712) on Monday August 25, 2014 @08:45PM (#47753379) Homepage Journal
    Doesn't feel like that long. Admittedly a lot of the 90's is a blur. Hey, hey, you guys remember that time when the Linux kernel went over 10 MB and we predicted it would destroy the Internet?
  • "won't be big and
    professional like gnu) for 386(486) AT clones."

    "It is NOT protable (uses 386 task switching etc), and it probably never
    will support anything other than AT-harddisks"

    Yet it runs on about 80% of all cell phones, runs on routers, servers, even on my orange iMac (G3)

    Give that man many thanks...

    • It's always interesting to browse the Linux 0.01 source tree [github.com]. I would say that it was pretty good code from the very beginning.
      • Red Hat used to hand out a poster with the complete Linux 0.01 source code, at trade fairs etc. It's pretty neat.

      • at that point of time, Linus Torvalds was already used to constantly have to fix things himself and write the software he needed for the buggy and ill-supported Spectrum QL of his youth. Linux was far from his first project and he had a good experience in writing code at that time.

  • Year of the Linux desktop!?

    Sorry, just had to post that.

    Thank God for open source LINUX.

    Seriously.

    I would be running a chain of Indian Restaurants long ago if the only thing I was doing was product management of Wind0ze machines.

    LINUS thanks for the greatest occupation anyone could want: LINUX Admin/LINUX Programmer.

    PS: I need to buy LINUS something, but what do you do for a man that has all the source code? MMMmmmm....

  • by Anonymous Coward

    How many years have you been using Linux:
    1-5 Years
    6-10 years
    11-15 years
    15-20 years
    I am Linus!

    FWIW: I started back in 1993! 21 years, back in the pre-1.0 versions!

    • I "started" around 2000 or so with Mandrake. I learned the hard way about winmodems that year.
    • by x0ra (1249540)
      around 2000 with a Debian Potato.
    • I started in 1999 with Red Hat 6.

      Looking at the replies, I'd say that during the change of millennium Linux had one of it's biggest breakthroughs.

    • by thsths (31372)

      I had some pre-1.0 versions, but no internet connection. The first version I really used was 1.0.8 -nli one via the university 128kBit link. Luckily that got better soon afterwards.

      And later I was really excited about KDE 1.0. I think it had many good ideas and was quite nice to use, if a bit RAM hungry. Unfortunately many of those nice ideas got removed in KDE 2.0 :-(

    • by Gollum (35049)

      0.99p30, IIRC

    • by xming (133344)

      22 years give or take, started with SLS, can't remember which version probably older than this one ftp://ftp.ibiblio.org/pub/hist... [ibiblio.org] as I can vaguely remember kernel 0.97 but SLS 1.03 has kernel 0.98pl.

      FWIW this is the first Linux distro (there are earlier versions but I didn't bother to search) ftp://ftp.ibiblio.org/pub/hist... [ibiblio.org]

      And the place to get your kernel was ftp://ftp.funet.fi/pub/linux/ [funet.fi]

    • I'm relatively new to linux...only 12 years. It was a Red Hat 6 variant.

  • Is this what slashdot is reduced to, providing a platform for a bunch of wintrolls ..

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