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Nov 5 2007   12:41PM GMT

Overheard: The nice thing about standards

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

andrewtanenbaum.jpg The nice thing about standards is that there are so many of them to choose from.

Andrew S. Tanenbaum

Andrew Tanenbaum is best known as the author of Minix, an open source OS with a user interface that’s similar to Unix. Tanenbaum created Minix as an educational tool — he’s a professor at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. The best known academic use of Minix was when Linus Torvalds used the Minix platform as inspiration for a new operating system, which he called Linux.

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