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Linux, Are You Our Hero?

Jan 23, 2009, 18:02 (0 Talkback[s])

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"When Linux first emerged as a "ready for prime time" OS in the mid-1990s, Windows NT 4 and Windows 95 were our heroes. They saved us from Novell's NetWare, SCO Unix and Microsoft's own Windows 3.x — but at a very high price: Choice. We converted to Windows from every known platform and OS only to find ourselves caught in Microsoft's inescapable maelstrom of marketing hype, endless service packs and upgrade madness. We were too scared not to embrace the new hero as our own, so we accepted it and relinquished our ability to choose any other platform, for better or worse.

"Once introduced to the stability (kernel 1.2.13) and charisma of Linux, it was irresistible. We didn't stand and wait but helped Linux take small bites (bytes?) out of the prevailing hero's mystique. Internet Service Providers (ISPs) were the first to harness the power and agility of Linux as a free alternative to traditional Unix systems. Sun's Solaris OS began to lose its luster as the ISP platform of choice. This was perhaps the first major commercial conversion from an established heroic icon to the way of the shiny new hero for whom we've been waiting."

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