1 Jun 2004

If you're at all interesting in open source or Linux (either for it or against it), you can't have missed the Alexis de Tocqueville Institution's recent report suggesting that Linus Torvalds couldn't have possibly have written a kernel that quickly without cribbing the code from Minix. The assertion has been roundly dismissed by Tannenbaum, Stallman, Torvalds and various others, but got me thinking; how difficult is it to get a kernel up and running? Could I do it?

Like a pebble causing a landslide, this thought lead inextricably to the idea of InKeWriMo - International Kernel Writing Month (c.f. NaNoWriMo). A month is perhaps a little ambitious if you're doing it in your spare time, and I'm more than a little busy for the next couple of months, but still...

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