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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As I recall,
by drcoldfoot on Wed 29th Oct 2008 22:12 UTC
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SUN Had a stranglehold n most internet facing servers. If Linux wasn't around, I believe that Solaris x86, and the BSDs would reign as internet facing servers.

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RE: As I recall,
by poundsmack on Wed 29th Oct 2008 22:18 in reply to "As I recall, "
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true, but with one correction. the SUN servers used to power the net were SPARC machines.

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RE[2]: As I recall,
by drcoldfoot on Wed 29th Oct 2008 22:35 in reply to "RE: As I recall, "
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That is true. But even in those times, Startups would just buy used SPARC equipment for cheap. Sol x86 I can give you that in a way. Since it didn't appear til Sol 6 or 7 I believe.

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