Linux. A kernel normally used by many of the computer persons.You will rarely see a person who is unaware of the term Linux. From perspective of a computer simpleton the one who uses linux mostly shall be having a good knowledge regarding the working of shell,kernel etc.
Linux was created by Linus Torvalds. One of a gem of computer scientist who is popular for his OS.
Linus was one of the student in Finland and had read a book Operating Systems: Design and Implementation by Andrew S. Tanenbaum, (a professor at some university in USA. I hadn’t put much stress on this as facts are facts. You can google it.)
In this book the professor explained about th working of Kernel. To my strange is that he had given the whole source code of his kernel named MINIX in that book. Its really weird but acts as a lucky draw for LInus who took interest in this and with the help of MINIX he created a new OS named Linux. He had told about Andrew in his acknowledgement.
Even Andrew congrats Linus on his success but later on it transformed in a flame war as a question arised that whether the monolithic approach (Linux) is better or the microkernel one (MINIX).
Monolitic approach LInux was dependent upon x86 architecture and furthur both gave their best opinions regarding their OS in the debate.
The debate was even published in an O’Reilly Media book Open Sources: Voices from the Open Source Revolution in 1999, deeming this to be a perfect example of “the way the world was thinking about OS design at the time”.
It promise to be an interesting read. I will give a shot to this book one day for sure.
You may have a look at Wiki Article also.
Grasp: A firm hold or grip
Benevolent: Serving a charitable rather than a profit-making purpose
innocuous: Non Offensive
Seemingly: As far as one knows
Efficacy: The ability to produce a desired or intended result
fallacy: Mistaken belief
Rendering: Replying to an action
epitome: A perfect example