New Aussie Supercomputer Runs Linux


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.

7 Responses to “New Aussie Supercomputer Runs Linux”


  1. 1 Dirk 19 November 2009 at 9:31 pm

    Indeed I think that many none technical users think Linux and Open Source is only used by amateurs and geeks.

    If I am right networks were build in smaller and medium, mainly administrative, organizations starting from individual DOS PC who where bought by different departments. The ICT department now is maintaining the PC’s and running the Windows servers and networks. This are places where people are let to believe that anything serious in ICT is happening on Windows platforms and anything else is risky or expensive.

    Only few people responsible for ICT would risk changing. Why should they, they have their budget. If they change they have to convince their user base to adapt to a new environment and if something goes wrong they would be to blame. The things that are going wrong on the Windows platform all the time are either blamed by the user on his own lack of knowledge or at Microsoft itself.

    And if, in those environments, the step is taken it will usually be to try to reconstruct the Windows environment with open source, not to take the opportunities open sources is offering on different domains with direct effect on cost. That because the open source knowledge is very limited in those places. And rebuilding the Windows environment may sometimes fail.

    I think very comprehensive information, a site, on the penetration of open source and Linux may be very helpful. Together with many howto’s explaining how a company may gain by implementing specific small steps.

  2. 2 MOGH 20 November 2009 at 12:29 am

    The fact that Linux did not get mentioned is just another sign of the love – love-less some have for Linux. Report a top supercomputer is a big story, that in this case Linux is making, the love !; to give credit to Linux is not a big story, so just not mention it, the love-less !. Why ?, I don’t know, Linux is making history in one way while W7 is making it in another way but some find it hard to report that fact it looks to me.

  3. 3 Deref 2 December 2009 at 2:15 pm

    I think there are two elements working against Linux: the fact that closed source vendors have vast amounts of money to throw into advertising and influence-peddling, and that open source has none.

    If the open source vendors would come together, put aside their individual commercial interests, and throw a few billion at simply promoting open source solutions the scene would change very rapidly.

    It’s not going to happen, though.

  4. 4 Chris Samuel 20 December 2009 at 9:05 pm

    Given that, in the last Top500 supercomputer list, just over 89% of the systems ran Linux (compared to 1% running Windows) it would only be news if it *wasn’t* running Linux..

  5. 5 Prince of Andalus 13 January 2010 at 9:50 am

    yeah, linux is very powerful…….


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