I’m doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won’t be big and professional like gnu) for 386(486) AT clones. This has been brewing since april, and is starting to get ready. I’d like any feedback on things people like/dislike in minix, as my OS resembles it somewhat…

This is the start of a famous newsgroup post by Linus Torvalds. It was twenty years ago today that he announced his “hobby” operating system, which he named Linux.

As a loyal Linux user for a little over fifteen years now, I’m grateful for that little hobby project he started. And I’m amazed at what it’s become: a major force in the world of software, and one of the key components of the incredible array of technological wizardry that surrounds us every day. From the web server running this page to the cell phone in my pocket, Linux sits quietly behind it.

So happy 20th birthday (so to speak), Linux!