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 moleskine on Wed 29th Oct 2008 23:36 UTC
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Would the internet exist as we know it without Apache?

Probably the more pertinent question. Apache provided a no-cost webserver, free of the deathly embraces of Microsoft, that could run on cheap commodity hardware. Suddenly, anyone could get a website online and you didn't have to be an expert in IT (though it helped).

If it wasn't for Apache we could still be in the bad old days of early IIS, with restrictions galore and incessant security problems. Apache made Microsoft get their act together. It also put power in the hands of the masses (as did Linux, of course). And without that power there would be no Google and nothing to search. Hmmn, I wonder how much Google give to the Apache Foundation.

Otherwise, this article rather leaves me feeling "And your point is?" We have to deal with the world as we find it, now. Not as the world may have been if things had been different. Besides, folks will always fiddle and explore and invent and kick against the pricks. It's wired in. So if it hadn't been a Finnish guy and Linux it would surely have been, say, a guy from India and something else.

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