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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Most retarded OSNEWS article yet...
by spanglywires on Wed 29th Oct 2008 23:05 UTC
spanglywires
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2006-10-23

Linux is a product of the internet age.

As already mentioned - the web is/was grandfathered by DARPA, invented on NeXT (BSD btw), served up by Sun (BSD heritage). Linux would not have happened without all 3 of those things happening.

Linux is a wonderful toy, still is a wonderful toy, will always be a wonderful toy. Thats not to say it isn't great, it is, it runs on my EEEPC right now in preference to BSD - because Linux is unfocussed, its wanting to be on my server, on my pda, on my netbook, on my desktop. BSD is not, will not, ever be anything other then serious server focussed.

Sure, Redhat/CentOS gives me a true unix-alike OS, and with BlueQuartz makes it simple to administer, but when I want 10,000+ users, with absolute security with serious hardware I'm going to be looking for BSD heritage - and by that I mean Solaris. While not strictly BSD these days, its the evolution beyond, both at the time with SVR4 and again by being at the forefront today.

<edit> Would I run a BSD desktop? Errr nope... Not unless its Mac OS X! </edit>

Edited 2008-10-29 23:07 UTC

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