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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RE: Yes it would
by irbis on Thu 30th Oct 2008 09:56 UTC in reply to "Yes it would"
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In all honesty, had it not been Linux, it'd be *BSD filling up the cheap, garage server rooms the article mention.

We all know that technically BSD would have been more than ready for that takeover of the garage server rooms, and more than that too. When Linux was still young and primitive, BSD was already a well working, stable OS that had a long Unix heritage behind it.

Free versions of BSD had some legal obstacles to overcome in the early nineties but even after those clouds went away, BSD was technically much more advanced than the early Linux still.

The interesting question is therefore: Why didn't BSD become the most popular free Unix-like OS? Why has Linux been more popular both as a desktop OS and as a server OS, and seems to be supported more by IT companies too?

The article claims that "yes it's true there were BSDs in '94 - but it wasn't exactly easy to get a hold of" - but I'm not sure if that is true either?

BSDs are by no means small niche operating systems only, and they have been and will be widely used in many places, but there's no denying that Linux has become much more popular, both on desktops and in server rooms, and even as an embedded OS of mobile phones, for example. Why Linux and not BSD?

Edited 2008-10-30 10:03 UTC

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