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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Of Course it Would
by pantheraleo on Wed 29th Oct 2008 21:48 UTC
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What a dumb article.

Of course the Internet would exist without Linux. It would just be running mostly on BSD instead.

And as rob mx very correctly pointed out, Linux is a child of the Internet. Without the Internet, Linux would never have become an OS that was even capable of acting as an Internet server. Not without the collaboration of thousands of programmers all over the world on the Internet.

Also, keep in mind that the vast majority of daemons running on the Internet came from the BSD world anyway. BIND, and so on. The Internet most certainly would exist without Linux. And it probably wouldn't look that much different than it does today.

Edited 2008-10-29 21:50 UTC

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