LoL! I'm no troll. Allow me to expound.
The Internet has been alive and well. I don't know what YOU think of it TODAY so that's not really a definition.
It was working just great for those of us in universities, at government labs, at companies supporting the Internet, etc.
I'm sorry you weren't aware of it, and some confusion about internet=html hadn't occurred yet either. gopher was pretty good! (for its time)
As for #2... BOTH the creator of Minix AND the creator of Linux have both stated quite clearly (in response to the Samizdat book that never got published but was covered on Groklaw) that Linux did NOT in any way come from MInix.
Andy was upset at Linus because Andy believes in a microkernel architecture and Linus believes in a monolithic kernel. The two disagree, which is allowed and functional. There's room for both. Right now, though, if the minix developers (chortle) are emailing each other, they're doing it on linux boxes.
I'm no troll. Do you know how you can tell? It's because EVERYTHING I said above is easily proven fact by a simple google search. No need to be convoluted, try to obfuscate the truth, use bing or siri, etc. Just google it. It's all true.
One more thing, Sir, I use my real name. That doesn't in and of itself make me a non-troll.. but it does give you the ability to (omg google that too) see that I know these facts. I was there. When the Internet "as we know it today" (whatever) was there. Long before Minix. As it will be long after Minix.
P.S. I'm not a linux fanboi. I whet my teeth on VAX/VMS. However, the market has spoken (and HP and Compaq are great at turning diamonds into coal) and Linux is the market leader for server OSs and desktops for people too stupid to know when not to click "open this attachment".