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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Comment by Soulbender
by Soulbender on Thu 30th Oct 2008 06:05 UTC
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2005-08-18

Wow, there's just so much wrong with this article it makes my brain hurt.

Most importantly:
Internet > HTTP(S).

What’s left? Unix and Linux.


Linux wasn't all that hot in 1994 either.
Also, Apache wasn't released until 1995...

Would the internet as we know it exist without Linux?


Probably not but that doesnt mean we would have been worse off. If it hadn't been Linux it would have been something else.

There's an extremely high probability that the internet connection you're using right now is connected through a Linux server


Unless you are on dialup, not that likely really. More likely it's connected to a big iron DSLAM or similar.

and routed through many other Linux servers along the way.


Even less likely. While Linux (and BSD) is a capable routing platform it's not the most common ones, especially not in the backbone.

Edited 2008-10-30 06:05 UTC

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