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Linux b'day?

I recieved a mail (forward) a few minutes back from Rekha, titled "Happy b'day Linux". It also claimed that on Aug 25th 1991, the first public announcement about Linux came from Linus. Find below the mail (supposed to be) from Linus Torvalds.

Hello everybody out there using minix-

I'm doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won't be big and professional like gnu) for 386(486) AT clones. This has been brewing since april, and is starting to get ready. I'd like any feedback on things people like/dislike in minix; as my OS resembles it somewhat (same physical layout of the file-sytem due to practical reasons)among other things.

I've currently ported bash (1.08) an gcc (1.40), and things seem to work. This implies that i'll get something practical within a few months, and I'd like to know what features most people want. Any suggestions are welcome, but I won't promise I'll implement them :-)

Linus Torvalds