Happy 24th Birthday Linux

From: Mike Harrison 

Older article quoting Linus:


"The first newsgroup post is more public (Aug 25th), and you can find it =
with headers giving date and time and everything. In contrast, I don't =
think the 0.01 release was ever announced in any public setting (only in =
private to a few people who had shown interest, and I don't think any of =
those emails survive). So these days the way to find the 0.01 date (Sept =
17th) is to go and look at the dates of the files in the tar-file that =
still remains.=E2=80=9D

There will be a Happy Birthday Linux toast Friday night on the deck. =
More on that later this week.

Leap Second Party.. Postponed

From: Mike Harrison 
On my calendar is a “Leap Second Party” at our house tomorrow (Tuesday) night. It’s been cancelled. sorry Linus. 
I’m going to be off-planet tomorrow night, and the kitchen is in the midst of an upgrade. so it can’t happen there. 

However, if anyone wants to call a Leap Second party anywhere else, I’ll be there in spirit…

I hereby abdicate my throne for Leap Second day. On the good news, I’m teaching Linux to aliens (ok, not exactly aliens, but they don’t speak English).. 

NSA Attempted Backdoor Linux

From: William Wade 

I had to check my calendar to make sure it wasn't April 1 again.

From: Randy Yates 

Google reads my email!

Linux removes support for 386

From: Dave Brockman 
Hash: SHA1


Ingo submitted it, Linus "pulled" the patch into his repo.


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List Test #3

From: Mike Harrison 

From what I see in the mail server logs,

It looks like it works. :)

If you get a bounce message sending to the list, your DNS cache is a 
little stale. Wait until Windows 8 is stable and send again.

Ok. Not that long. Just give it a day.

If you did not get this message, but heard about it from someone else,
please email me at some random address you have cached (like this one)
and maybe I'll get it.

PROOF THAT THIS WORKED:  Chad already replied. Thank You Chad!

Just for Chad:

Step away from the computer. That's it. Stand UP.
Left.. right.. breath.. left.. right.. breath.
Stretch. Breath. Its ok, you are only 3 feet from a keyboard..
ok, maybe two if you took small steps. Linus still knows you are alive
and loves you. It's ok to disconnect for a few minutes.

----ON TOPIC: (a little)----

I think with very few regrets, I could make Bodhi Linux / Enlightenment
my main desktop and survive for a few more years as a productive old skool 
arrogant geek bastard with a GUI that I can be productive with before 
being led away (drooling post lobotomy) to use some cloud enabled tablet 
centric interface designed for the non-typing point and drool crowd.

Code Commit Comment of the day.

From: Mike Harrison 

I was inspired by our recent threadsjacking discussions. After over 2 
weeks in W. Africa, putting Linux servers in to run a utility here (still 
getting evil stares from the AS400 Var). I posted all my changes from the 
field today (about 1300 lines?) with the following comment:
Let us kneel and pray. Dear Cowboy Field Programming Gods, Please accept 
this humble offeriing. it was created from hardship. True extreme 
programming conditions, no water, little food, bad air conditioning and 
very little real coffee. Created on hard chairs, laptops and hotel 
furniture with little access to Google or online reference materials.

Tested in the field, under bursty wireless long distance networks, long 
lines of customers, and a crazy asshole west african/frenchman named 

This code has all been encoded and deployed live, may the karma of Larry 
Wall and Linus Torvalds forgive us and protect us from the sins we (I) 
have commited.

Too many changes at once to document well, or at all. May the code speak 
to you, as it did to me, under the influence of Benin voodoo magii. 

Recent Linus Interview

From: Tim Youngblood 
I always find Linus interesting. Makes me want to wipe this Mac stuff off
this machine...



Apple Tried to Hire Linus Torvalds, Kill Linux

From: Rod-Lists 

Could you imagine a world without Linux? 

Such a thought could have been stark reality had Apple managed to successfu=
lly recruit Linus Torvalds back in 2000.

The founder of Linux was invited to Apple HQ in Cupertino by Steve Jobs at =
the turn of the millennium, where is was invited to join Apple and work on =
(what would become) OS X.

The lure? =E2=80=98Unix for the biggest user base=E2=80=99.

The catch? That he would have to stop development on Linux, a condition tha=
t led Torvalds to flatly refuse the offer.

Imagine: no Linux would have meant no Ubuntu, no ChromeOS, and no Android; =
the entire ecosystem of technology could have been dramatically changed by =
acceptance of this one job offer.

This revelation isn=E2=80=99t actually new, but as it=E2=80=99s been croppi=
ng up on social sites for the last few days I thought we should mention it =


Linus Lessons on Software Development Management

From: Mike Harrison 


The first thing is thinking that you can throw things out there and ask 
people to help,” when it comes to open-source software development, he 
says. “That's not how it works. You make it public, and then you assume 
that you'll have to do all the work, and ask people to come up with 
suggestions of what you should do, not what they should do. Maybe they'll 
start helping eventually, but you should start off with the assumption 
that you're going to be the one maintaining it and ready to do all the 

And lots of other good stuff.

In before Linus resigns

From: Cameron Kilgore 
To another 25 years of open source and Linux.


From:torvalds@klaava.Helsinki.FI (Linus Benedict Torvalds)
Newsgroup: comp.os.minix
Subject: What would you like to see most in minix?
Summary: small poll for my new operating system
Message-ID: 1991Aug25, 20578.9541@klaava.Helsinki.FI
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. 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 (same physical layout of the file-sytem
due to practical reasons)among other things.

I've currently ported bash (1.08) an gcc (1.40), and things seem to work.
This implies that i'll get something practical within a few months, and I'd
like to know what features most people want. Any suggestions are welcome,
but I won't promise I'll implement them :-)

Linus Torvalds torvalds@kruuna.helsinki.fi

First Steve, now CmdrTaco

From: Chad Smith 

Who's next?  Linus?  Zuckerberg?  Mike Harrison?

- Chad W Smith
"I like a man who's middle name is W." - President George W. Bush - February
10, 2003 bit.ly/gwb-dubya