Linux and growth of Internet

From: Gavin Thomas Nicol <>
Date: Fri Jan 14 21:40:38 2005

On Jan 14, 2005, at 6:06 PM, Tom Jennings wrote:

> On Thu, 13 Jan 2005, Gavin Thomas Nicol wrote:
>> Yep. Once TCP/IP really took off, the rest, as they say, was history.
> But the precursor to all of that was the fact that it stopped
> being government funded; only non-commercial uses were allowed.

Perhaps... I think the real pressure was a social one. BBS's (I ran one
on a hacked WWIV(?) for a while in Japan), AOL etc. and corporate email
gave people a desire to find ways to communicate. Once social pressure
built, the path of least resistance was taken IMHO.

> It's also simply *NOT TRUE* that industry created the internet,
> like many of them fabricate; it was quite well developed loooong
> before business got there.

I never said industry did: quite the opposite if anything. Industry
*used* the Internet, and thereby raised awareness of it.
Received on Fri Jan 14 2005 - 21:40:38 GMT

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