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Linus Torvalds vs. Andy Tanenbaum

Wow. I can’t believe I’ve never read this thread before. Originally posted to comp.os.minix on USENET, it documents a series of postings between Linus Torvals (author of the Linux kernel) and Andy Tanenbaum (author of MINIX).

Two things surprised me:

  1. I didn’t know Linus was such a hothead. Totally caught me off-guard when he started flaming the author of MINIX in the MINIX newsgroup.

  2. I didn’t know Andy was so opposed to Linux. Also, I didn’t know that he was so close-minded about kernel design. I suppose that comes from being a professor who teaches in that subject area.