Re: Why 'mrproper'?

From: Tomas Szepe (
Date: Wed Aug 07 2002 - 09:13:12 EST

> > Having started out on the four floppy MCC "distribution" of Linux,
> > building kernels clean with 'make distclean,' can someone provide a quick
> > historical note as to what mrproper buys? A quick look at the tree after
> >each didn't tell me much.
> It was named such at the time, as a 'cleaning agent' comparible to 'Mr
> Muscle', etc.. Thus mrproper _realy_ cleans the kernel tree ;-)

It was a cleaning agent advertised all over eastern Europe between abt. 1991
and 1994 IIRC. If you're _truly_ after the history of Linux, you might like
to get hold of a copy of Karel Kachyna's movie "Fany" [1], in which you can
see most of this spectacular piece of a generic cleaning agent commercial. :)
Let me add, though, this movie has got some *real* qualities too.


To unsubscribe from this list: send the line "unsubscribe linux-kernel" in
the body of a message to
More majordomo info at
Please read the FAQ at

This archive was generated by hypermail 2b29 : Wed Aug 07 2002 - 22:00:36 EST