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From Army of Hackers, an Upstart Operating System

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Science  11 Dec 1998:
Vol. 282, Issue 5396, pp. 1976-1979
DOI: 10.1126/science.282.5396.1976

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Thanks to a massive and largely unpaid effort by programmers around the world, a free computer operating system called Linux, a simpler-to-use variant of UNIX, is currently poised to compete with Microsoft's Windows. Already, Linux is the operating system of choice for Internet servers, the computers that route Internet traffic and host sites on the World Wide Web, and its use is growing rapidly for small-sized servers on local area networks. It also serves as the operating system on a cut-rate supercomputer at Los Alamos National Laboratory that has been running for many months now without crashing, reliability that is almost unheard of in the supercomputer world.

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