The Hurd

Ingo Ruhnke grumbel at
Mon Mar 18 19:18:18 UTC 2002

MJ Ray <markj at> writes:

> Tomasz Wegrzanowski <taw at> wrote:
> > Admin of ftp site Linus used to distribute his kernel from
> > called it "Linux".
> I've just been looking for a source for this statement and I've failed. 
> This fact seems to have fallen out of the collective consciousness of the
> web into some sort of subconsciousness.  Can anyone find it?

 Honest I didn't want to ever release it under the name 
Linux because it was too egotistical. What was the name I reserved 
for any eventual release? Freax. (Get it? Freaks with the requisite
X.) In fact, some of the early make files --the files that describe 
how to compile the sources-- included the word "Freax" for about
half a year. But it really didn't matter. At that point I didn't need a 
name for it because I wasn't releasing it to anybody.

	And Ari Lemke, who insured that it made its way to the ftp
site, hated the name Freax. He preferred the other working name I
admit that I didn't put up much of a fight. But it was his doing. So
I can honestly say I wasn't egotistical, or half-honestly say I wasn't
egotistical. But I thought okay, that's a good name, and I can
always blame somebody else for it, which I'm doing now.

-- Linus Torvalds p84 and p88 "Just for fun"

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