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Why Linux is Super (Computing)

  • July 28, 2013
  • By Sean Michael Kerner

Those of us that live and work on the Linux Planet have long known that Linux is Super. It's Super for a number of reasons, among them is its dominance at both ends of the computing spectrum, from mobile to High-Performance Computing (HPC)

1) Linux HPC

This week the Linux Foundation is issuing a report on 20 years of the Top 500 Supercomputer list. It's a list that Linux has dominated in recent years.

For the most recent Top500 update released in June, Linux machines represented 476 of the top 500. According to the Linux Foundation, it is influence of Linux powered machines that has driven the explosive growth in computing potential as measured by the RMax benchmark.

A key fact cited by the report is the fact that by 2004, which is only six years after Linux first cracked the Top500 list, half of the total RMax on the list was already Linux driven.

"By isolating RMax by operating system using the past 20 years of Top500 data, it’s clear that Linux is not only responsible for supporting the majority of supercomputers today, but it a driving force behind the disproportionate growth in supercomputing capacity over the past decade," the report states. "In continuing to drive progress and innovation in computing, Linux is also helping to explore the mysteries of the universe and solve our toughest problems."

2) Ubuntu Edge

At the opposite end of the HPC spectrum, are mobile devices. While Google's Android has paved the way for Linux in that market, Ubuntu is trying to forge its own community infused path.

The Ubuntu Edge effort is Mark Shuttleworth attempt to crowdfund development of a next generation super phone. The goal is to raise $32 million in 30 days. After a week on Indiegogo that projecthas raised over $7 million dollars

3) Linux 3.9 Hits End of Life

Some Linux kernels have longer lives than other. The LInux 3.9 kernelwhich first hit general availability, at the end of April, is now no longer being maintained.

"Note, this is the LAST 3.9-stable kernel," Kernel developer Greg Kroah-Hartman wrote. "It is now dead, end-of-life, not to be touched by me again, please move to 3.10 now, you have been warned."

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at Linux Planet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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