"September 8th 2008 was one of the worst days ever for
the London Stock Exchange (LSE), and high-end Windows server-based
applications. That was the day that the LSE came to a crashing
stop. What happened? While the LSE has never come clean on the
whole story, my sources told me that the LSE's Windows-based .NET
TradElec stock exchange had crashed. What we do know is that the
CEO who had brought Windows and TradElec in was fired, TradElec was
dumped, and a Novell SUSE Linux-based platform was brought in to
"Today, February 14th, the LSE's Linux-based Millennium Exchange
took over and everything just worked. It did take longer to switch
to Linux than expected, because of what the LSW first called
"sabotage" but later put down to "human error" in late 2010. On its
first day, out LSE ran like a charm."
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