New Aussie Supercomputer Runs Linux
The fact that a new supercomputer runs Linux should hardly come as a surprise to anyone. What else would it run? W7? ROFL. Well, if it did run W7 I’m pretty sure someone would have been all over the reporters for the Sydney Morning Herald making sure that they mentioned it in their article “Australia’s new supercomputer outflops the lot“. However, since it isn’t, the reporter had a discretion on what to report, and they didn’t mention what operating system it ran. I had to look the thing up on Wikipedia, where it told me that it runs Linux – Centos actually.
It is hardly surprising that closed software systems are so prevalent in Government when Governments themselves fund extensive lobbying and marketing by their vendors. Of course, the line item doesn’t say “marketing and lobbying”. No, instead it reads “Ridiculously Inflated Monopoly License Fees Courtesy of the Copyright Act” (sometimes it’s just “License Fees”). Governments need to even the playing field and support open source marketing to the same extent they subsidise closed source marketing.