Why *nix won
"Unix philosophy emphasizes building simple, compact, clear, modular & extensible code that can be easily maintained & repurposed by developers other than its creators. The Unix philosophy favors composability as opposed to monolithic design"
#Comment: There is a bad tendency in machine learning to build tools that are exactly the opposite of the Unix philosophy.
There are many species specific proprietary tools in nature, such as the human hand. But all essential innovations of nature, such as DNA, are wildly used across species in an open source fashion. This dynamic emerges at all scales of organization, from cells to software & beyond