Monday, May 24, 2004

Tanenbaum: Linus Wrote Linux

Andy Tanenbaum:

Apparently a lot of people (still) think that I ‘hate’ Linus for stealing all my glory…I didn’t realize this view was so widespread. I now suspect that Brown believed this, too, and thought that I would be happy to dump all over Linus to get ‘revenge.’ By flying to Amsterdam he thought he could dig up dirt on Linus and get me to speak evil of him. He thought I would back up his crazy claim that Linus stole Linux from me.

Microsoft won’t say whether it funded Brown’s book, though it has supported his organization (via Gary Robinson). The best part of this story is the idea that Tanenbaum wrote Linux’s monolithic kernel.

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