LinuxMall.com: Heart Belongs to Linux
May 22, 2000, 18:56 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Linux keeps the Jordan Heart Research Foundation's functions
pumping solidly, according to Dr. Tom Watkins, laboratory director
at the Montclair, N.J. facility. Watkins, a heart researcher
investigating the link between nutritional compounds and
cardiovascular disease, uses Linux at home and recently converted
half the machines in his clinic to Linux."
"Most of Watkins' studies involve blood or body fluid chemistry
studies involving numerical values for multitudes of substances.
Those numbers, once obtained, must be manipulated for data profiles
and interpreted. Windows NT, Watkins said, crashed repeatedly,
costing time and money. "Right in the middle of number-crunching,
for example, or some other office-type function, like making
graphics for presentations, we'd crash," Watkins said."
"After replacing Windows NT with Linux, Watkins noticed
another benefit. "When I did the first test, I found out it
just runs faster and easier. The machines are running more
efficiently," he explained. Watkins now has half the lab happily
converted to Netscape, Corel WordPerfect, StarOffice and other
Linux applications. "I have a CTX laptop with only 150 MHz,"
Watkins said, "that runs faster on Linux than the 300 and 400 MHz
machines run on Windows.""