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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by helf on Wed 29th Oct 2008 22:04 UTC
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What kind of retarded article is this? And, no, I haven't read it yet.

The "Internet" was around a LONG time before Linux was spawned and the WWW was created on a NeXT. The Internet would very much have existed without Linux.

/me revokes Davids linking privs for a week

/me didn't catch the "as we know it" bit ;)

still... ;)

Edited 2008-10-29 22:19 UTC

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RE: wha?
by irbis on Wed 29th Oct 2008 22:15 in reply to "wha?"
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The "Internet" was around a LONG time before Linux was spawned

Technically yes, in its early forms (FTP, BBS systems etc.). But the article is not talking about the bare technological basis so much as about the success of Internet as a global social phenomenon. Open source software including Linux and the BSDs have been an important thing in the huge growth and fast development of Internet.

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RE[2]: wha?
by smilie on Wed 29th Oct 2008 23:58 in reply to "RE: wha?"
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The *BSDs have also been around long before Linux. You could download NetBSD in the 1980s.

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RE: wha?
by irbis on Thu 30th Oct 2008 08:36 in reply to "wha?"
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What kind of retarded article is this? And, no, I haven't read it yet.

Not a reply to you personally but to everyone in general: maybe you could glimpse the actual text of the article at least a bit before writing down a comment...

I've become convinced that quite many OSnews commentators hurry writing their "enlightened" comments based on the (often misleading) information they get just after first glimpsing the title of the article and maybe a few first lines of the teaser for maybe two seconds. And may get voted up by a big bunch of other similar guys who may not have bothered to do even that much work studying the actual content and trying to form a balanced view of it.

As to the article in question, yes, the title could be considered stupid and retarded, and some of the content may be biased too. But, I can reveal you a "secret" that might surprise those of you that belong to the big bunch of guys mentioned above: there's often more to an article than its title and teaser only... Whoah!?! Now, who would have known that...?! :-O

For example, the actual text does admit that it is actually more about free Unix-like operating systems (BSDs etc. besides of Linux) and free and open Unix tools (Apache etc.) in general than just about Linux - although Linux became the most popular variant of a free Unix-like OS: "Linux (and Unix) paved the way for the modern internet".

Edited 2008-10-30 08:46 UTC

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RE[2]: wha?
by helf on Thu 30th Oct 2008 13:43 in reply to "RE: wha?"
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yeah, I went and read it and corrected myself. mostly. ;) I usually read articles before posting... but..

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