Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Happy 20th Birthday to the Open (Royalty free) Internet!
The World Wide Web was created at CERN (the European nuclear research particle physics laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland), invented by Physiciast Tim Berners-Lee in 1989 and made accessible publicly on August 6, 1991. On April 30, 1993, the underlying technology was made available to everyone on a ROYALTY-FREE basis, giving us the basis for today's free and open web.
Here's the Ars Technica article announcing today's birthday and giving the full history of this event. There are some interesting photos of code and equipment from that day in this article.
Interesting also -- the first computer/server for the web was a NeXT computer from the company Steve Jobs started after being fired by Apple Computer, and that computer still exists and was recently tune-up and fired up again.
CERN has resurrected that first web page here, and below is a screenshot of that page (click to enlarge)