According to this KernelTrap article, the 0.11 Linux kernel was released on December 8th, 1991. Among the ‘features’ advertised in that release, Linus noted that the console was now capable of producing beeps, Linux gained native mkfs, fsck and fdisk utilities, and the com ports finally had adjustable line speeds. However, if you managed to get Linux booted you were immediately dropped into a root bash shell as Linux lacked a login system. It also lacked support for SCSI devices, and support for swapping to disk meaning it required at least 4MB of RAM to be useful.
The 0.11 Linux Kernel
Submitted by anonymous 2007-09-14 Linux 9 Comments
Ahh the good old days. This is when I got in on the fun.
The previous summer I had bought a 386-25 with the money I’d made. Played a bunch with DOS, installed some “borrowed” version of windows 2 (I think). I don’t remember who steered me to linux, but I ran it mostly at that point.
One of the first most useable applications on Linux was their prolog interpreter. I moved into a house with a guy and we ran a null modem cable, he logged into my box from his and did his prolog homework (I think that was in Feb/March of ’92)
Edited 2007-09-14 15:27 UTC