Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 17th Sep 2005 16:51 UTC, submitted by Christos Karayiannis
OSNews, Generic OSes C. Karayiannis and A. Swartzbaugh have finished documenting Minix' networking protocol. This is a line to line commenting of the tcp/ip source code. This project took more than one year to complete and they hope visitors will find it useful.
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overstatement
by Thom_Holwerda on Sun 18th Sep 2005 15:00 UTC
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Linus Torvalds used Minix as a 'digital textbook' for writing the Linux kernel (as did many other developers), no one is denying that. In that sense, Linux is based on Minix. Minix forms the base of Linux because Linus studied Minix, and then went on to create Linux.

However, to say that Linux 'thanks its existence' to Minix is an overstatement. Linux and Minix are fundamentally different-- Where Minix is a microkernel, Linux is a monolithic kernel. Indeed, the exact opposite.

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