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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RE: It would run on BSD
by niemau on Wed 29th Oct 2008 21:25 UTC in reply to "It would run on BSD"
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And furthermore, without Linux there'd be one or more GNU/BSD distributions running a BSD kernel, GNU userland, and either KDE or Gnome. It would be free software, and I wouldn't be surprised if people GPLed some device drivers to keep them out of proprietary hands.

errr... or maybe RMS would have delivered on GNU/Hurd.

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RE[2]: It would run on BSD
by Manik on Fri 31st Oct 2008 19:01 in reply to "RE: It would run on BSD"
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And FreeVMS would have been a real player.

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