Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 24th Jun 2014 22:06 UTC
Linux

In the latest contest, not only did Linux dominate, but Linux showed that is slowly pushing out all its competitors. In the June 2014 Top 500 supercomputer list, the top open-source operating system set a new high with 485 systems out of the fastest 500 running Linux. In other words 97 percent of the fastest computers in the world are based on Linux.

With numbers like this, it's easy to forget that this project started with the words "just a hobby, won't be big and professional like gnu".

This hobby now dominates almost every field of computing - from mobile to supercomputing.

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RE[3]: Congrats!
by Nth_Man on Wed 25th Jun 2014 16:59 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Congrats!"
Nth_Man
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2010-05-16

> so they can choose their platform on merits.

Uf, we hope it's that way, and that they don't choose their platform on usual vendors techniques like getting paid disguised dinners, travels and hotels to "attend" "conferences" and "courses", disguised presents, etc. :-(

Edited 2014-06-25 17:00 UTC

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RE[4]: Congrats!
by Alfman on Wed 25th Jun 2014 17:32 in reply to "RE[3]: Congrats!"
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2011-01-28

Nth_Man,

Uf, we hope it's that way, and that they don't choose their platform on usual vendors techniques like getting paid disguised dinners, travels and hotels to "attend" "conferences" and "courses", disguised presents, etc. :-(


Are you implying that linux bribed it's way into the top 500? My gut reaction is to laugh out loud. It seems more likely that it was indeed a choice rather than coercion. The cost is good, the platform robust, the software repos are full of powerful tools, the hardware support is good. Windows can work too, but lets be honest MS has not been pushing the right levers to appeal to researchers and power users, neither of whom like being kept on a short chain tagging along behind microsoft's whims. Freedom matters.

Edited 2014-06-25 17:44 UTC

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RE[5]: Congrats!
by Nth_Man on Wed 25th Jun 2014 20:32 in reply to "RE[4]: Congrats!"
Nth_Man Member since:
2010-05-16

> Are you implying that linux bribed it's way into the top 500?

Linux didn't do that, like you already knew. I was talking about some vendor tactics. If you read my comment correctly, you can see that those methods are used by the richest companies to force changes, to stop them, etc.

> My gut reaction is to laugh out loud.

Of course, some people get a text backwards and then they laugh. It says a lot. Naturally, don't expect me to read or write any more comment in a thread displaying that level of education and understanding.

Edited 2014-06-25 20:38 UTC

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