[TUHS] Mach for i386 / Mt Xinu or other

Chet Ramey chet.ramey at case.edu
Wed Feb 22 01:15:47 AEST 2017

On 2/21/17 7:02 AM, Noel Chiappa wrote:

> So there is a question here, though, and I'm curious to see what others who
> were closer to the action think. Why _did_ Linux succeed, and not a Unix
> derivative? (Is there any work which looks at this question? Some Linux
> history? If not, there should be.)
> It seems to me that they key battleground must have been the IMB PC-compatible
> world - Linux is where it is now because of its success there. So why did
> Linux succeed there?
> Was is that it was open-source, and the competitor(s) all had licensing
> issues? (I'm not saying they did, I just don't know.) Was it that Linux worked
> better on that platform? (Again, don't know, only asking.)  Perhaps there was
> an early stage where it was the only good option for that platform, and that's
> how it got going?  Was is that there were too many Unix-derived alternatives,
> so there was no clarity as to what the alternatives were?

I was there at the time (bash was the first thing Linus ported to Linux)
and I have to say it was the combination of the availability, since the
BSDs were still encumbered, the accessibility, since its hardware demands
were very modest, and the FSF's enthusiastic porting of all the GNU apps
to it. It was the perfect student/starting system for the time.  You can
talk about lost opportunities, but it was the right system at the time,
and I say this as a BSD guy from way back.

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