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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 :-) Linus (torvalds@kruuna.helsinki.fi) 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 :-(.
I'm looking at Linux and learning about Linux and will gradually turn this page into useful detailed information about linux. First, here's something about why and how.

Below are some things I've learned that I think you might find useful.


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I wanted to try again and realized that I need a system I can program. Last time I tried Linux I never did even one compile. So, I started researching Linux again with an emphasis on how to write programs. I looked at distros, desktops, and programming tools. Repeatedly, using different criteria, I came to the same conclusion: Debian Linux with the KDE desktop and programming using QT.

The main benefits of Debian are a large developer community, a large user base, and a conservative release process.

Similarly KDE is old and stable and widely used. It comes with a large set of applications and utilities that are highly recommended.

QT is apparently powerful and capable. The KDE desktop was written with it, so it is kind of native in KDE. QT programs can be compiled to run on Windows as well as Linux. Google Earth was written using it. QT can produce both graphic programs and text only programs.


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