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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Not groundbraking
by tdemj on Thu 30th Oct 2008 07:58 UTC
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With all due respect to Linus (he's truly exceptional), he was not well ahead of his time. Consider Von Braun. Without him, America would have most likely never reached the moon (we still can't go back, with all this new technology). If not Einstein, we would be decades behind in theoretical physics and technology alike.

I don't think without Linus the Internet would be significantly less developed than it is today. Things would have been done a little differently, but BSD or something similar would have come to the rescue. Just like the DNA's structure would have been discovered without Watson, the other team was quite close to getting it as well. The radio would have been invented without Marconi, too. The time was just so ready for it.

Linus is like Henry Ford, but not like the Wright brothers. This is just my opinion -- someone might point out a fact that could change my mind.

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