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NewsForge: Environment Canada Uses Linux to Track Hurricanes, Predict, and Analyse Weather

Oct 17, 2003, 17:00 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Graham)

"On September 27, Hurricane Juan was approaching the Canadian Maritime Provinces. The Canadian Hurricane Centre tracked the hurricane's progress as it approached the coast of Nova Scotia and ultimately delivered quite a wallop. A few days later, CBC's The National ran documentary about the storm and its aftermath. The documentary showed the inside of the hurricane centre before it was itself evacuated, including a shot of a room full of computers tracking the progress of the hurricane. They were all running KDE.

"Interested in knowing more, I contacted Environment Canada's Hurricane Centre and asked if I could speak to someone about their use of Linux. A few days later, I was on the phone with Ross Ashbourne, Manager of Informatics at Environment Canada in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Yes, he told me, not only does the Hurricane Centre use Linux, but all Canadian weather centres use Linux..."

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