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 DrillSgt on Thu 30th Oct 2008 02:52 UTC
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My ISP back in the day ran FreeBSD so they could run apache, etc. At the time Linux was not even on the map yet, as the kernel had not even hit 2.0. So yes, IMO the net would have existed the same way we know it to be today. 386BSD was released in March of 1992. Linux 1.0 was not released until March 1994. Linux started in 1991 with the now famous post, however 386BSD beat it to the punch.

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