Antony at Soft-Solutions.co.uk
Thu Oct 17 14:31:03 PDT 2002
On Thursday 17 October 2002 10:25 pm, Matthew Gibbons wrote:
> Actually, I would contest that. The 386 that Linus bought - the one he
> started to write Linux on - cost him and arm and a leg. IIRC, it was
> somewhere in the region of $3,000, which is about the equivalent of $12,000
Yes, but when Linus started writing his Operating System, he didn't expect it
to become as popular or as widespread as it has.
The fact that it can be run on the hardware which, as you correctly point
out, became cheap because IBM opened up the specs for the PC, is what has
allowed Linux to become as widely tried and used as it is today.
The first ninety percent of an engineering project takes ninety percent
of the time, and the last ten percent takes the remaining ninety percent.
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