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Who wrote the “Linux kernel” (Linus Torvalds and his team)?

Who are the authors of the pure Linux kernel from scratch, which was integrated with GNU tools and formed the full GNU/Linux Operating system in the 1990s? I have read some wiki articles but I haven't ...
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What is the concept behind “tty” in linux?

Where did the terminology "tty" come from in Linux?
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What is the difference between shared memory in early unix systems vs modern unix systems?

How could processes share memory in early versions of UNIX version modern implementations of shared memory?
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zsync vs. jigdo

What's the difference between zsync and jigdo? Their core functionality seems the same, so I'm curious on things like performance, file size, and ease-of-use. Would also be interesting to know why one ...
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Why did Debian create the DFSG?

I'm curious why Debian created the DFSG when the FSD already existed. There are some differences (conflicts) of course, but was that the main motivation?
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What killed Beagle? [closed]

Beagle was all the rage some years ago, and then it just died... silently. Anyone knows why?
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Where is 'kernel panic' used?

Is the name kernel panic being used outside of Linux-based systems?
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What is the difference between X and XFree?

Why are there two programs for that?
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Is Linux a Unix?

So, there are lots of different versions of Unix out there: HP-UX, AIX, BSD, etc. Linux is considered a Unix clone rather than an implementation of Unix. Are all the "real" Unices actual descendants ...
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What does “rc” in .bashrc stand for?

Is it "resource configuration", by any chance?
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Evolution of Operating systems from Unix

Can you explain the evolution hierarchy of operating systems (Linux and Windows) from Unix?
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Resources System V vs BSD

I'm searching for some detailed resources about the differences of System V and BSD concepts. For example: Interprocess Communication Sockets vs TLI ... Some sort of pro/cons discussion with ...
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Why is there a * When There is Mention of Unix Throughout the Internet?

I've noticed that throughout the Internet, within forums and blog posts, Unix always has a * in the word, whether it is *nix or Un*x, as I noticed at the welcoming banner at the Unix StackExchange ...
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Anyone know the meaning of yy?

Since history questions are considered on topic, I figured I'd ask one that's been bugging me for quite some time and no one I know seems to know the answer. Does anyone know what the historical ...
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The future of OpenSolaris

since OpenSolaris is more or less abandoned by Oracle, is there a nice alternative that implements the unique features of OSOL? ZFS is one thing, but I liked the image creation system, that let you ...
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Where did the “wheel” group get its name?

The wheel group on *nix computers typically refers to the group with some sort of root-like access. I've heard that on some *nixes it's the group of users with the right to run su, but on Linux that ...
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How was the shift to 64 bits handled on Linux

How was the transition to 64 bits handled on Linux/Unix? The Windows world still seems to have issues with it and I'm curious how it was handled in the *nix world.
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What did Ken Thompson mean when he said, “I'd spell creat with an 'e'.”

Ken Thompson, the creator of Unix, was once asked what he'd do if he had it to do over again. He said, "I'd spell creat with an 'e'." What is Ken referring to? Is there a "creat" command?