It's that time of the year again.

I've been using Linux for about 30 years. Mine was the first installation, given Linus didn't install it on his computer, he grew it on top of an existing Minix install, replacing it piecemeal.

My first contribution is over 30 years ago, about April, 1991, the sprintf (now snprintf) function in the kernel.

It's been a fun ride.

@liw Oh that's fun to hear about. Is there a write up of what you had to do to install it that first time? I imagine it wasn't anywhere near as easy as OS installs are these days.

@liw I dug up some early instructions here. Good times:

I like this part at the end of the install instructions, "Hopefully you now have a functioning unix".

@cstanhope @liw Toot checks out:

PS. “Thanks” to for his “constructive” crit-
icism and “witty” comments. He was also my first α-tester, and should be given
a medal for courage.

@cstanhope @liw I see the swearing goes back to the beginning: "While there are a number of unices available for 386 computers, most of
them cost a lot of money, and come with no source. Thus, they are ideal for
actually using your computer, but if you want to learn how they work, you are
f– –ked."

Sign in to participate in the conversation

Fosstodon is an English speaking Mastodon instance that is open to anyone who is interested in technology; particularly free & open source software.