Interactive Week: Why Linux SucceededJun 08, 1999, 12:23 (16 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Charles Babcock)
Thanks to Leo Comitale for this link.
"It seems as if Linux just leaped from obscurity to become one of the promising -- and popular -- Internet technologies. But how did the operating system manage to gather such force?"
"It is, after all, just another version of Unix. Its predecessor Unixes aimed at small servers and desktops, such as the Santa Cruz Operation's OpenDesktop and Sun Microsystems' Solaris on Intel, flopped miserably. And the BSD Unixes, which were the first free operating systems (OSes) available, managed to attain only a modest user base after being around for years."
"So why is Linux attracting a mass following?"