The original agilist

November 27, 2008 at 7:44 am 1 comment

Back in 1991 this message was posted to comp.os.minix USENET board:

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 (

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 :-(.

For me, it showcases all agile values in just one short message. People and collaboration are more important than process, working software is more important than documentation, customer collaboration, reacting to changes rather than planning ahead.

Why this specific message? Well, some of you probably recognized or guessed it already, but for those that have not seen it before: this is the original announcement of Linux operating system back in 1991 (taken from here). Yeah, THAT Linux.

So, don’t beleive the gurus or agile trainers. Look at the source. Learn from its success. Decide for yourself.


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  • 1. timesteappy  |  December 20, 2008 at 4:49 am

    Hi people

    As newly registered user i just wanted to say hi to everyone else who uses this board <:-)


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