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Still Think Linux Is Just for Start-Ups?

Feb 24, 2011, 14:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Rubens)

"That's the question the Financial Times was asking last week, and it's a rather strange question, when you think about it. It really begs another question: Was there ever, let alone still, anyone who thought Linux was "just for start-ups." Who would these people be? People who think a Windows server OS is a secure, stable platform that every established company should be using? The sorts of people who have the bright idea of putting Apple hardware in their data centers? Surely not anyone who has the slightest understanding of what Linux is capable of, or who understands that open source operating systems are much more than a solution for cash-starved start-ups trying to do computing on the cheap.

"Start-ups very rarely build themselves supercomputers, and certainly not the sorts of heavy duty number-crunching machines that make it on to the TOP500 list. But a quick glance at the latest list, from November 2010, shows that well over 80 percent of the fastest 500 machines in the world use a Linux server operating system. There's a few UNIX machines in there too, and an handful of Windows HPC boxes -- if one can call a supercomputer a box -- but by and large it's all Linux, Linux, Linux."

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