Linked by David Adams on Tue 16th Aug 2011 16:47 UTC
Linux When it comes to the fast-moving business of trading stocks, bonds and derivatives, the world's financial exchanges are finding an ally in Linux. As late as 2007, Wall Street exchanges were still largely run on Unix . . . Over the past few years however, Linux has crept into this market, showing up first in ancillary systems and then running a few core exchanges.
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RE: solaris is meehh
by kvarbanov on Wed 17th Aug 2011 14:49 UTC in reply to "solaris is meehh"
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Yeah, me neither. I've had and still have experience with various *BSD systems, Solaris 9 & 10, AIX 5 & 6, Linux ranging from RHEL, SLES, Fedora, Gentoo, etc.

I don't know why one would compare Solaris and Linux (which Linux, precisely?). They are not of the same age, same financial supporting, etc.

My experience with Solaris hasn't been that good, I've had the overpriced T series around, and I was comparing with Dell R710 - the first one is 30k, the second is max 11k. Write a single large file to the OS' default filesystem and let me know the results. I was shocked to see how much slower Solaris is.
Had to run couple of industry FS benchmarks, just to find out that these two machines are not comparable for my task.

Certainly, the SPARC processors may be good in other areas, but I'm yet to witness them. But that's not a rant, it's a practical experience. It's the price what concerns me most.

On the other hand, I can install CentOS / RHEL or SLES on whatever hardware I like. Freedom.

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