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LinuxToday.com.au: Why Linux has Already Won

Oct 24, 2000, 08:03 (27 Talkback[s])
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[ Thanks to renai43 for this link. ]

"World domination. Fast." -- Linus Torvalds."

"It's been 9 years since Linux was first released to the general public. Given the current state of Linux today, has Linus achieved what he set out to achieve? Although Linux fanatics may affirm that question, I think most of us would be nay-sayers to that. However, if you shorten that quote to just: "world domination", we really do have a much more interesting question to ponder about."

"The media is always interested in the question "Will Linux survive against its competition?" The answer has been the same since Linux's early years: it has already won against its competition."

"The goal of building a world-class free operating system which "doesn't suck" has clearly been achieved; critics may say that Linux does not satisfy them, but they ignore the fact that it certainly fills a critical role at many universities and businesses around the world. It's not only an excellent research platform for those entities; its role as a general-purpose Internet or Intranet server is clearly rising, and even some home users have made it their operating system of choice. Why is this the case? In a nutshell: Linux is a brilliant development platform."

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