How Free Software Contributed to the Success of Steve Jobs and Apple

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Andy Oram explains how free software contributed to the success of Steve Jobs and Apple: "Particularly valuable to Apple--and related to its adoption of a Unix variant--was the port of open source Samba, developed for Linux. Samba reverse engineers the SMB/CIFS protocol and related protocols that permit computers to join Microsoft local networks. Apple also (like NeXT) used the historic GCC compiler developed by Richard Stallman, and adopted KDE's browser engine (now known as Webkit) for Safari."