3 More Linux Facts That Will Surprise You
8. The economics behind Linux are similar to those of rural electrical cooperatives: If everyone contributes just a bit of wire (or code) to the power grid (or kernel), the outcome is a shared and fully working power grid (or operating system) that none of the members could have built on their own.
9. In 2002 the U.S. Department of Defense seriously considered banning Linux and open source software. A study by The MITRE Corporation convinced them to do the opposite and instead issue policies that promoted open source software as a valuable cost reduction, research, and even security resource. Had the DoD instead banned Linux, the ban very likely would have spread to other federal agencies and discouraged private industry from using Linux. That would have dramatically impacted our current world because...
10. Smartphones as we know them would never have emerged without Linux and open source software. With a combined 96.3% of the global smartphone market, Apple's iOS and Google's Android operating systems enable the low cost and phenomenal capabilities of smartphones by directly leveraging the ability of open source software to deliver powerful capabilities without attaching huge licensing fees. Apple built iOS by starting with the Unix-like BSD operating systems, and Google continues to leverage both Linux and BSD software in Android.
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