[Ilugc] Birthday to Linux - Aug 26th
girishvenkatachalam at gmail.com
Tue Aug 29 12:54:43 IST 2006
On 8/29/06, Roshan Mathews <rmathews at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 29/08/06, Girish Venkatachalam <girishvenkatachalam at gmail.com> wrote:
> > I know that you are only quoting from an ancient thread but we should
> > stop talking about or even thinking about Minix.
> > It is an academic project by Tananbaum. He may be a great teacher and
> > an academician but one should remember that he is not an engineer.
> Yow! You've got to be kidding ... Uncle T wrote three operating
> systems, wrote a compiler framework (which RMS wanted to base GCC on)
> ... so he's an engineer's engineer -- a hacker's hacker ... :)
> > We are engineers and hackers and we want things that work and work
> > well in the real world.
> Minix was and is used in the real world. Minix 3 was released this year.
> And just to make things clear ... that was Linus' post announcing
> Linux (or Freax, as I think he wanted to call it).
> Roshan Mathews
U shud remember the ugly row bet Linus and Tanenbaum.
Tanenbaum was suggesting a modular kernel. Linus is not a guy
who minces his words.
He clearly told him to keep quiet. He is a professor and let him
attend to teaching.
And who won the game? Linus or Tananbaum?
One can sit and talk theory and write books. But to make
a product succeed in the real world is an altogether ballgame.
That is what we should be interested in.
Anyway forget Tananbaum.
Understand my idea clearly. I want everyone to get practical.
Close your textbooks, unlearn some of what your professors
taught you, forget stuff like multithreading is the way to go and
that databases should be used for storing records and all that.
Go, look at the source code of well written programs that work
well in the real world. Understand the design. Try to fix bugs,
improve things and experience it.
Experience is the only way to learn.
Education is an admirable thing but it is good to
remember from time to time that anything that is
worth knowing cannot be taught.
- Oscar Wilde
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