Linked by David Adams on Wed 29th Oct 2008 21:04 UTC, submitted by irbis
Linux Would the internet as we know it exist without Linux? "Absolutely not", says Rich Menga. "Where Linux shines the most is in its server applications". In the 1990's "There were thousands of Mom n' Pop ISPs that operated out of a garage and the vast majority of them were all running Linux. Windows couldn't do it back then and neither could MacOS. What would you have used that you could afford? Netware? Lotus Domino? HP-UX (that requires those refrigerator-sized HP servers)? Linux was literally the only OS out there that had the right price (free), ran similar to a Unix and could use existing computers of the time to connect customers. The internet as we know it today predominantly runs on Linux. There's an extremely high probability that the internet connection you're using right now is connected through a Linux server - and routed through many other Linux servers along the way."
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the internet existed before linux
by renhoek on Wed 29th Oct 2008 21:15 UTC
renhoek
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2007-04-29

the internet existed before linux, so, uhm, yes.

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Doc Pain Member since:
2006-10-08

Two possible confisions:

Linux vs. UNIX (the early / commercial ones, and the BSDs)

Internet vs. the Web

It seems to be common that many people do confuse these things, so in my opinion it's completely valid to say that the Internet would exist without Linux, but definitely not in the form we're using it today. The hint that the Internet existed before Linux is worth mentioning, as it has already been said.

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