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vorsprung profile image

Really, the web was built on Linux

No, it wasn't. I was there.

A lot of counterfactuals in this thread

jaakidup profile image

You're right, I just mean that Linux is the workhorse of the internet...

So you were at Cern then?

What was the opinions in the office when Tim said "Look, I built this thing!"
Did people see it's potential straight away in the first days or was it a more a reaction of "cool, but is it useful?"

Maybe you could write a post on it?

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vorsprung profile image

The Internet predates the WWW

I was not at CERN, I've always lived in the UK

I used the Internet via unofficial gateways long before it was generally available in the UK

I worked in Universities when they were the only place that had Internet connections

In the late 80s before I was aware of the early web browsers, html etc etc I did design my own "hypertext bulletin board" for a student project. But the genius of Tim Berners Lee is that he understood that the Internet is not just on one computer.

At this time, Sun made pretty much all the servers that were doing anything on the Internet.

Around '92 I started to experiment with open source operating systems on Intel hardware but that was early versions of BSDJ. I thought it was amazing because I could compile things with gcc in the privacy of my own home

I didn't do anything with Internet connected Linux until '94, probably about 5 or 6 years after I first used the Internet

At that time I was a Unix admin at a university and managed a bunch of computers. None of the servers were Linux based. Linux was only used on personal machines. When I left there in 1998 I think I'd set up one Linux machine as a server

The ISP I went to run after that wasn't based on Linux either, it was using FreeBSD

I'd guess that Linux didn't start to be "the backbone of the Internet" until about 2001

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jaakidup profile image

Very interesting. It's so cool how we remember those first projects :)

I had exposure to some of those early SUN systems as a young boy, as my father was a director at the university IT department. Those tours of the basement server rooms with all those flashing lights were epic, although obviously I wasn't allowed to touch anything until years later!

The computer at home was a Mac SE/30, I'm guessing it was 1989, when I was 8 years old and drawing cars on the MacPaint!
That was replaced with the Mac Classic II, still no internet, haha.

I'm definitely going to check when we got internet, those web-rings were such an adventure.

Come to think of it, the last time I saw Solaris on a SUN server might have been close to 2006 as I remember it being a Blade rackmount, so the time seems about right.

Yes, 2001 seems about right, that was around the time when I really got into dev and there were definitely some Red Hat cds lying around which I promptly tried out and my long time love of linux started right there.