Twenty two years and one day ago, an ambitious young Finn posted this on the comp.os.minix
mailing list newsgroup:
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-system (due to practical reasons)
among other things).
I've currently ported bash(1.08) and 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 would want. Any suggestions
are welcome, but I won't promise I'll implement them :-)
PS. Yes - it's free of any minix code, and it has a multi-threaded fs.
It is NOT protable (uses 386 task switching etc), and it probably never
will support anything other than AT-harddisks, as that's all I have :-(.
Even the great man proved to be hopelessly bad about predicting the future. It is big and professional, it is portable and it does support other hard drives.
Our question this fortnight is: Where will the free-software be in another twenty-two years?
Will desktop Linux then be the standard, and will we sit around listening to a podcast by a group of guys who drink too much beer and create a magazine called BSD Format?
Will Linux remain niche while OSX Space Liger and Windows 8 SP 22 fight it out for supremacy?
Will desktops only feature in stories we tell young-folk whose only knowledge of computers are the chips in their brains?
Will we be secretly distributing free software via an illicit telegraph system after Lord Emperor of the Universe Obama (as he will be known) declared any tools not created by the NSA criminal?
Will Gnome 10 have simplified their way to a blank screen?
Will KDE 10 have so many configuration options that it's actually impossible to set it up before it becomes obsolete?
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