Did the first version of Linux developed by Linus Torvalds have a GUI (not necessarily Iconic but something simpler like Midnight Commander)?
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Note, Linux is only a kernel, like
msdos.sys in DOS or
krnl386.exe in Windows.
No. It had no GUI, it was purely command line.
In Linus' initial statement, roughly with the release of the Linux kernel 0.0.1, we said, he ported bash and gcc to it. He ported probably also the most important GNU tools (make and fileutils (today part of coreutils)).
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-system (due to practical reasons) among other things).
I've currently ported bash(1.08) and 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 would want. Any suggestions are welcome, but I won't promise I'll implement them :-)
Note: This initial mail looks a little bit self-advertising and flamish with the eyes of the today, but it is better to not see that post from the current culture.
Although X11 was ported to it in a few years, roughly in 19931. It was a huge work, much bigger than writing the kernel itself, but having the kernel made the X11 port possible.
The today obsolete SVGAlib appeared roughly also in that year1.
1I did not find a reference on the net for that, except my remembers.