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Notes from the LF End User Summit

Dec 08, 2009, 17:34 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Bridging the gap between users and developers is one of the tasks the Linux Foundation has set for itself; the annual End User Summit is intended to help toward that goal.

"The End User Summit draws a different crowd than any other event. Well-known Linux developers are present, certainly, but they do not form the majority of the crowd; they are, instead, strongly outnumbered by representatives of banks, insurance companies, and financial firms. Old conference T-shirts are far outnumbered by suits and ties in this crowd. The End User Summit, in other words, caters to enterprise distribution customers and others who are using Linux in high-stakes situations - even a major stock exchange which has based its operation on Gentoo. It makes for an interesting combination of people and a unique set of conversations.

"One speaker was Brian Clark from the New York Stock Exchange. NYSE's systems run under high pressure and tight constraints. They process some three billion transactions per day - more than Google does - and those transactions need to execute in less than one millisecond. Customers can switch to competing exchanges instantly and for almost no cost, so if NYSE's systems are not performing, its customers will vanish. A typical trading day involves the processing of 1.5TB of data; some 8 petabytes of data are kept online. And this whole operation runs on Linux."

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