How the Mac was born... supposedly...

From: Fred N. van Kempen <>
Date: Wed Jan 12 17:43:46 2005

On Wed, 12 Jan 2005, Vintage Computer Festival wrote:

> cheap. I think that was probably a big part of the initial attraction to
> Linux: a Unix box of your own.
Actually, we had MINIX a long time before that, and, on the PC's
then, and some effort, that offered everything one needed. When
time passed, and 286PM came, MINIX supported it. Then the 386PM
came, and.. MINIX supported it, altho not in the best way. THAT
fueled the linux thing.

This happened to be at the same time where Usenet/UUCP were slowly
phased out, and direct-IP access was coming in, eventually in the
form of the www thing. People not only wanted "a unix", they also
wanted full connectivity with it, meaning IP.

But, yeah, having "unix at home" was a big thing at the time. I
had Sun's at a very early stage, and MINIX for playing. Then the
first MicroVAX II found its way into my room at the top floor of
the house (_with_ Ultrix tapes !) and er, the rest I am trying to
block out :)

Received on Wed Jan 12 2005 - 17:43:46 GMT

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