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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Comment by rob_mx
by rob_mx on Wed 29th Oct 2008 21:29 UTC
rob_mx
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2005-08-04

I believe it's backwards: Would Linux Exist Without The Internet?

I think Linux success is because the Internet, that was the way that Linux popularity spread so quickly. As was already mentioned, the Internet was already there when Linux began.

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RE: Comment by rob_mx
by irbis on Wed 29th Oct 2008 21:53 in reply to "Comment by rob_mx"
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2005-07-08

I believe it's backwards: Would Linux Exist Without The Internet? I think Linux success is because the Internet.

Good point. Linux developer community practically works over the Internet too. But it is mutual too, also Linux has benefited the development of Internet. The success of Linux in the nineties helped many people to have their own, relatively secure and fast home or small office servers running on cheap hardware.

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RE[2]: Comment by rob_mx
by rob_mx on Wed 29th Oct 2008 23:03 in reply to "RE: Comment by rob_mx"
rob_mx Member since:
2005-08-04

Yes, sure. I agree with that.

Otherwise, we wouldn't have books about LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySql, PHP) development. ;)

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RE[2]: Comment by rob_mx
by davonshire on Thu 30th Oct 2008 12:34 in reply to "RE: Comment by rob_mx"
davonshire Member since:
2007-11-15

"I believe it's backwards: Would Linux Exist Without The Internet? I think Linux success is because the Internet.
Good point. Linux developer community practically works over the Internet too. But it is mutual too, also Linux has benefited the development of Internet. The success of Linux in the nineties helped many people to have their own, relatively secure and fast home or small office servers running on cheap hardware. "

Now This is a heck of a way to correct a really poorly thought out question and conclusion. Thank you So much.

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RE: Comment by rob_mx
by David on Thu 30th Oct 2008 03:59 in reply to "Comment by rob_mx"
David Member since:
1997-10-01

I wish I had mentioned this in the news posting. Linux would most definitely not exist without the internet. No internet = no worldwide network of contributors.

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RE[2]: Comment by rob_mx
by Captain_DaFt on Thu 30th Oct 2008 22:51 in reply to "RE: Comment by rob_mx"
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2006-01-01

"No internet = no worldwide network of contributors."

Hey, stop making me feel old! I remember my first exposure to Linux came over Fidonet on BBSs! And yes, some contributors used those.

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