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Andrew S. Tanenbaum

Andrew S. Tanenbaum (born 1944) is the head of Department of Computer Systems, Vrije Universiteit[?], Amsterdam. He teaches courses about Computer Organization and Operating Systems.

He is well recognized for his computer books, especially

He has written Minix, a free UNIX clone, which was the inspiration for the Linux operating system. He became involved in a famous Usenet discussion in 1992 with Linus Torvalds, Linux's creator, about the merits of Linus's basic approach using a monolithic kernel instead of the microkernel-based designs that Tanenbaum believed were the way of the future.

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