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You ask: Can this quarter of a century evolution be summarily qualified beyond the linear addition of all the listed features that make up this kernel over time? And does this bring any insight as to what the Linux kernel is about, or where it's going? I doubt such questions have well-defined answers. However, I think it is not difficult to ...


This change was introduced by BSD after 1985 (BSD 4.2 was still documenting /usr) and in or before 1988 (BSD 4.3/SunOS 4.1 hier(7) manual page already documents /home). It was quickly followed by Solaris 2.0 (which kind of merged System V and BSD) and was later adopted by most other Unix vendors. This is from the Solaris 2.0 useradd manual page: -D ...

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