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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I thin k if we are talking about linux...
by Coxy on Wed 29th Oct 2008 23:01 UTC
Coxy
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2006-07-01

... the phrase: 'In the 1990's "There were thousands of Mom n' Pop ISPs' is wrong. Everyone knows linux users are 40-something virgins. The chances that there were any 'pops' involded are very small. Still smaller is the chance that these garage ISPs actually had any 'moms'. :-)

Edited 2008-10-29 23:03 UTC

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