"Linus didn't know what he was unleashing with "an OS you can
try to modify to your needs" -- yet. But what started as a fun
vetting of one *nix became the largest barn-raising in the history
of computing. (By the way, i remembered this date while on another
hunt for information, in Encyclopedia Brittanica, where today
Linux' birthday is the Home Page story. Oddly, it fails to get a
mention in today's Wikipedia cover page.)Today that barn is vast
world still being terraformed. Why did Linux succeed where others
did not, or did to lesser extents?"
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