About what a user should be done to use Gnu/Linux before first distributions

Glenn Holmer shadowm at lyonlabs.org
Sun Feb 14 19:09:07 UTC 2010

On Sun, 2010-02-14 at 13:51 +0330, dehqan65 wrote:
> No that was not point  ;
> If we want write 2 lines about what a user should has done to boot and
> run Gnu/Linux before first distributions of gnu/linux at 1991 (first
> days) , what can we write in about 2 lines (it's required for a book
> that humble will write)?
>  for example user should knew about libs and proper gnu executables to
> boot and run OS himself .
>  What other did he require to know ? 

This link gives some basic information:


See also this link, which describes an even earlier release that
required hand-editing the disk's boot record with a hex editor:


There are good references at the bottom of that article, especially #3,
"MCC Interim Release":


P.S. I'm still looking for a copy of the slides for the "World
Domination 101" talk that I saw Linus give at ALS '97.  If anybody knows
where they can be found, please shout it out!

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