Linus Torvalds Reflects on 25 Years of Linux

When Linus Torvalds first announced his new operating system, Linux, on Aug. 25, 1991, it was a “completely personal project,” Torvalds said at LinuxCon today. The kernel totaled 10,000 lines of code that would only run on the same type of hard disk Torvalds himself used because the geometry of the hard disk was hard-coded into the source code. And, he expected only other students to be interested in studying it as a theory. Those early days were his most memorable, he said, when he was working to solve tough problems and create something out of nothing.”

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