'This week Swedish developer Daniel Stenberg posted a remarkable
reflection on the 20th anniversary of his command-line data tool,
curl was adopted in Red Hat Linux in late 1998, became a Debian
package in May 1999, shipped in Mac OS X 10.1 in August 2001. Today,
it is also shipped by default in Windows 10 and in iOS and Android
devices. Not to mention the game consoles, Nintendo Switch, Xbox and
Amusingly, libcurl is used by the two major mobile OSes but not
provided as an API by them, so lots of apps, including many extremely
large volume apps bundle their own libcurl build: YouTube, Skype,
Instagram, Spotify, Google Photos, Netflix etc. Meaning that most
smartphone users today have many separate curl installations in their
Further, libcurl is used by some of the most played computer games of
all times: GTA V, Fortnite, PUBG mobile, Red Dead Redemption 2 etc.
libcurl powers media players and set-top boxes such as Roku, Apple TV
by maybe half a billion TVs.
curl and libcurl ships in virtually every Internet server and is the
default transfer engine in PHP, which is found in almost 80% of the
world's almost two billion websites.
Cars are Internet-connected now. libcurl is used in virtually every
modern car these days to transfer data to and from the vehicles.
Then add media players, kitchen and medical devices, printers, smart
watches and lots of "smart"; IoT things. Practically speaking, just
about every Internet-connected device in existence runs curl.
I'm convinced I'm not exaggerating when I claim that curl exists in
over ten billion installations world-wide...
Those 300 lines of code in late 1996 have grown to 172,000 lines in March 2021.
Stenberg attributes cURL's success to persistence. "We hold out. We
endure and keep polishing. We're here for the long run. It took me two
years (counting from the precursors) to reach 300 downloads. It took
another ten or so until it was really widely available and used." But
he adds that 22 different CPU architectures and 86 different operating
systems are now known to have run curl.
In a later blog post titled "GitHub Steel," Stenberg also reveals that
GitHub gave him a 3D-printed steel version of his 2020 GitHub
contribution matrix — accompanied by a friendly note. "Please accept
this small gift as a token of appreciation on behalf of all of us here
at GitHub, and everyone who benefits from your work."'
-- source: https://tech.slashdot.org/story/21/03/28/0143206
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