Andrew Tanenbaum on Linux, GPL and stuff
LinuxFr.org : Do you think the Linux success is a proof he was right
or is it unrelated?
Andrew Tanenbaum : No, Linux "succeeded" because BSD was frozen out of
the market by AT&T at a crucial time. That's just dumb luck. Also, success
is relative. I run a political website that ordinary people read. On that
site statistics show that about 5% is Linux, 30% is Macintosh (which is BSD
inside) and the rest is Windows. These are ordinary people, not computer
geeks. I don't think of 5% as that big a success story.