[TUHS] [OT?] 1993 'Sourceware' paper anniversary. What was right & any surprises?

steve jenkin sjenkin at canb.auug.org.au
Thu Nov 10 08:01:42 AEST 2022

I’ve only recently stumbled across this paper.

It gives the answer to one question I’ve had:

	Why did Linux become more popular than everything that came before it?

There were surprises.
The “Dot Boom” then “Dot Bust” along with Y2K.

Microsoft developed an architecture, Active Directory, designed to support Enterprise scale deployments.

Everything Good in A.D. is Old (LDAP, Kerberos, DNS)
everything badly done is New (replicated DB’s & ???).

Other surprises is the rise of “Internet Scale” datacentres, Social Media and Smartphones & Tablets.
All of which are dominated by Linux or Unix derived solutions.

And Virtual Machines on Intel.
IA-64 was in the far future :(

And ARM CPU’s made a big comeback.


The Sourceware Operating System Proposal
	9 November 1993 
	Revision: 1.8

Steve Jenkin, IT Systems and Design 
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