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一封信、一个偶像和一个产业

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这是linus和他的企鹅:

linus和他的企鹅
linus和他的企鹅

1991年9月17日,正是linus的一封信宣告了linux 0.01版本的诞生。

信件的内容是这样的:

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 portable (uses 386 task switching etc), and it probably never will support anything other than AT-harddisks, as that’s all I have :-(.

在信件的只言片语中,在谦虚的用词和语气中,我们能够看出linus对于Linux0.01没有太多奢望,而只是把它看成一个由兴趣驱动的系统(甚至可以叫做玩意儿)而已,但是就是这样一个“玩意儿”却在几年后成为了一个“产业”,而linus也成为了无数有志青年的偶像。

这是不是有些讽刺呢?不,一点也不。你要相信兴趣是可以创造奇迹的,也是可以创造偶像的。不要抱怨和嫉妒这种“讽刺”,因为用抱怨和嫉妒的时间去朝着兴趣奋斗,你也会成为一个偶像,创造出一个产业。

就像1991年的Linus一样:

1991年的linus
1991年的linus

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