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In the beginning: Linux circa 1991

Apr 19, 2011, 09:14 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

[ Thanks to Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols for this link. ]

"Who knew what it would turn into? No one did. I certainly didn't. I came to Linux later, although I was already using Minix and a host of other Unix systems including AIX, SCO Unix System V/386, Solaris, and BSD Unix. These Unix operating system variants continue to live on in one form or another, but Linux outshines them all.

"The only real challenger in popularity to Linux from the Unix family already existed in 1991 as well, but I'll bet most of you won't be able to guess what it was.

"Remember this now folks, I may use it another Linux quiz down the road. The answer is NeXTStep. You should know it as the direct ancestor of the Mac OS X family.

"The real question isn't how Linux got its start. That's easy enough to find out. The real question has always been why did Linux flourish so, while all the others moved into niches?"

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