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: wha?
by irbis on Wed 29th Oct 2008 22:15 UTC 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[3]: wha?
by helf on Thu 30th Oct 2008 00:18 in reply to "RE[2]: wha?"
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NetBSD wasn't out until 1992-1993, it was spun off of 386BSD and mixed with 4.4 BSD-Lite later.

Edited 2008-10-30 00:20 UTC

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RE[3]: wha?
by BSDfan on Thu 30th Oct 2008 01:39 in reply to "RE[2]: wha?"
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I love BSD.
I hate liars.

NetBSD was released in 1993, BSD itself has it's origins in the 80's though.. in the mid 70's the kernel was mostly AT&T Unix.

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