dot com asks: What was the most important moment in the history of ? - Many people probably no longer know that early versions of Linux where proprietary because the license prohibited commercial redistribution. Therefore, for me it was the most important moment when Linus Thorvalds released Linux as under the . Otherwise Linux wouldn't have had this enormous success.

@bjoern Another moment people often forget (or simply don't know about) is when IBM tossed OS/2 out the window, and focused their efforts on Linux. Read from "IBM and the open source experiment" for more details:

@bjoern Linus Torvald agrees, says: "Making Linux GPL'd was definitely the best thing I ever did." (1997)

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