Mike McCarty wrote:
Linus Torvalds was just 21 when he changed the world. Working out of his
Eh, it's a change that 99.99% of the world's population probably didn't
even notice and still doesn't know about.
And yet, if all of a sudden magically for some reason - every single
electronic device across the entire spectrum from embedded systems to
desktop computers, laptops, routers, webservers, big iron systems and
other systems out there all immediately ceased to function by magical
means in the entire world - all on the same split second...
I would speculate 99.9% of the world would be well aware of it, and not
simply because of mainstream media reporting on the issue. Rather, the
Internet would more or less cease to function, and all sorts of
businesses around the world would be totally screwed.
So your implication that because 99.9% of the world's population is
unaware of Linux means that Linux has not changed the world is seriously
There's no question Linux has changed the world in a very major way, and
like I've claimed above, if Linux stopped working simultaneously
everywhere in the world all of a sudden, this fact would be
unquestionably clear to anyone who has any doubt.