Articles from LinuxCon
Posted Aug 19, 2011 16:08 UTC (Fri) by pr1268
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In the 13 years I've dabbled with Linux, the one thing I've noticed most is that the entire Linux Community1 has never tried to compete with/against anyone. Not Microsoft Windows, not Apple OS X, not *BSD, not Solaris, ... Granted, there was some stated goal of "World Domination" (did Linus say this himself?), but I sensed some facetiousness in that remark.
This is a Good Thing™, as it keeps the development teams involved focused on creating the best operating system kernel there is, instead of trying too hard to match what the "other guys" are doing2.
I strongly suspect that everyone in this community is well aware of the existence of the BSDs, and even acknowledge a debt to their precedence3, but, in a discussion of what the World would be like without Linux, it just doesn't seem fair to assume that only the BSDs would have prevailed. If Linux hadn't happened, might we have a GPL'ed "FOOnix"? ;-)
1 I'm using the word "Community" in the broadest sense possible, i.e. Kernel development, distros, corporations using Linux, end users, etc.
2 As I see it, this has been Microsoft's strategy for 27 years now. Anyone seen the movie Pirates of Silicon Valley?
3 I believe Linus' original goal was a "UNIX-like operating system capable of running on commodity desktop hardware [of the day]" (or similar). While he did mention BSD, I don't recall any of the BSDs being able to run on 386-era hardware back then (correct me if I'm wrong). Of course, licensing is a whole other discussion...
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