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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WTF?
by BluenoseJake on Wed 29th Oct 2008 21:22 UTC
BluenoseJake
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2005-08-11

I think this may be the dummest article ever, it's exactly like saying roads wouldn't exist without Ford.

Just goes to prove that you can manipulate statistics to prove anything. 52% of people know that.

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RE: WTF?
by DrillSgt on Wed 29th Oct 2008 22:37 in reply to "WTF?"
DrillSgt Member since:
2005-12-02

"52% of people know that."

So 48% of people are clueless ;)

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RE: WTF?
by Moochman on Wed 29th Oct 2008 23:38 in reply to "WTF?"
Moochman Member since:
2005-07-06

meh, 90% of all statistics are made up.

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RE[2]: WTF?
by alanpae on Wed 29th Oct 2008 23:51 in reply to "RE: WTF?"
alanpae Member since:
2007-04-28

Figures don't lie.

Liars always figure.

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RE: WTF?
by segedunum on Thu 30th Oct 2008 10:35 in reply to "WTF?"
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2005-07-06

I think this may be the dummest article ever, it's exactly like saying roads wouldn't exist without Ford.

Without decent, reasonably affordable cars are you going to have massive road growth though?

This is the type of scenario that I see many people just not getting their heads around at all because it requires a domino effect of other factors that they just don't see.

Edited 2008-10-30 10:38 UTC

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RE[2]: WTF?
by Soulbender on Thu 30th Oct 2008 10:55 in reply to "RE: WTF?"
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2005-08-18

Without decent, reasonably affordable cars are you going to have massive road growth though?


How do you know those would not have existed without Ford?

This is the type of scenario that I see many people just not getting their heads around at all because it requires a domino effect of other factors that they just don't see.


Or maybe it's because you cant remove arbitrary events from history and make even remotely ccurate predictions about what would have happened without them.

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RE[2]: WTF?
by BluenoseJake on Thu 30th Oct 2008 11:42 in reply to "RE: WTF?"
BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

Roads have been around for 1000s of years. The Romans built roads that still exist in europe today.

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RE: WTF?
by cg0def on Thu 30th Oct 2008 14:56 in reply to "WTF?"
cg0def Member since:
2006-02-12

I think this may be the dummest article ever, it's exactly like saying roads wouldn't exist without Ford.

Just goes to prove that you can manipulate statistics to prove anything. 52% of people know that.


I 2nd that. Not only is this a gross misuse of statistical data but the author clearly does not understand the subject. Stating that ISP servers run linux is actually quite wrong. Actually when it comes to ISPs BSD and unix in general is a little but more common than linux ( at least in my personal experience ). Oh and I really wouldn't go so far as to say that the power of linux is on the internet. If anything the power of linux is in being free.

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