All of the World’s Top 500 Supercomputers Now Powered by Linux

16 11 2017


Believe it or not, Linux is dominating all of world’s top 500 supercomputers as of November 2017, according to the website, which maintains an up-to-date list of these supercomputers.

This year marks the 24th anniversary of Top500 (, the website that compiles and releases a list with up-to-date information on world’s top 500 supercomputers.

Linux dominates the world’s top 10 supercomputers since 1998

According to some statistics put together by the Linux Foundation a while ago, it would appear that Linux dominates the world’s top 10 supercomputers since 1998, the year when Linux first appeared as a supported operating system in the Top500 list. Since then, more and more supercomputers adopted Linux as the main OS.

“Twice a year, the Linux community takes great pride in tallying the number of Linux machines on the Top500 list,” said Linux Foundation. “After first appearing on the list in 1998, Linux has consistently dominated the top 10 over the past decade and has comprised more than 90 percent of the list since June 2010.”

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City of Munich: “Migration to sustainable desktop completed successfully”

30 05 2013

The administration of the city of Munich in Germany has completed the switch to the open source desktop, says Peter Hofmann, head of the migration project last week Wednesday. The IT department is now securing the strategy, to make sure it can be maintained by the city and to sustainably support interactions with citizens, businesses and other public authorities.

Hofmann, speaking at the Linux Tag conference in Berlin on 22 May, is confident that the city’s open source strategy can be maintained because it is focused on sustainability. “We took small steps, instead of a big bang approach. We prefer quality over time and choose making it ourselves over waiting or spending.”

The city is now using a unified desktop system, Limux, its own distribution based on the Ubuntu Linux open source operating system and open source applications, on 14,000 of the total 15,000 desktops, spread over 51 offices across the city. That is 2,000 more than it’s intended goal, using Limux on 80 % of its desktops. Hofmann confirmed that the city will now switch to using the LibreOffice, an open source suite of office productivity tools, replacing the current open source alternative OpenOffice, that is used since 2006.

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Open Letter to fellow ex-Microsoftie Steven Sinofsky «

16 11 2012

Open Letter to fellow ex-Microsoftie Steven Sinofsky

Congratulations on leaving Microsoft. Unless you have bills to pay, you won’t regret it. I left at the end of 2004, and have since studied a vast and amazing — but still flawed – world of computing out there.

For example, I discovered that we should already have cars that (optionally) drive us around and computers that talk to us. And that Linux on the desktop is powerful and rich but failing because of several strategic mistakes. Google claims to be a friend of Linux and free software, but most of their interesting AI code is locked up. Programming should be a part of basic math literacy for every child. The biotechnology world is proprietary like Microsoft, which is stunting progress in new medicines and safer devices.

The most important lesson is that the free software world outside Microsoft is much bigger and richer. No matter what aspect of technology you want to work on, there are codebases and communities out there. Even the large companies who write proprietary software like Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Twitter use free software as their base. So you first find out what you want to work on, and then you find the existing codebases and communities to join. In some cases, the are multiple, so you need to decide which best meets your needs.

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Icelandic government prepares switch to open source

24 03 2012

The open source web site of the European Commission is reporting that Iceland’s government has started a project to prepare for the migration of all its workstations to open source software. This project
is scheduled to be completed within a year and according to its leader, Tryggvi Björgvinsson, the city of Reykjavik, the National Hospital and all of the country’s ministries are setting good examples for such migrations.

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Android, Linux Coming Together After Having Forged Separate Paths

21 03 2012

While Google’s Android mobile operating system–like a number of mobile OSes–are based on Linux, Android has forged on a separate path of its own. However, Android and Linux may come closer together now after having gone separate ways as the Android code has been readmitted to a staging area for inclusion the Linux kernel, the core Linux code maintained by project founder Linus Torvalds,’ according to a report by Wired.

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The growth of LibreOffice over Microsoft Office

6 03 2012

LibreOffice after one and half-years as an open source office productivity suite has grown from being just a fork of (OOo) and emerged as an independent tool for those who prefer the openness and scope of work copyleft offers over claustrophobic copyright licenses and proprietary software. Following the game-changing split and backing by The Document Foundation (TDF) LibreOffice has over 25,000 code commits and 330 contributors. Secondly, it has over 15million Linux OS users, a further 10 million users are split between Microsoft (90-percent) and Mac OS X (5- percent).

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“We want you to give us Open Source software, in fact we insist!”

22 02 2011


Cabinet Office lays down the open source law

Published 15:50, 22 February 11

Monday 21st February 2011 saw the first ‘Open Source System Integrators Forum’ held by the Cabinet Office and I’d like to share a few modest bits of news with you all…

Firstly, the occurrence of the event itself is news. The Cabinet Office assembled all the big System Integrators who make up the majority of UK Government and Public Sector IT spending, currently running between £16 billion to £21 billion every year.

The Message of the day was simple, and delivered with panache by Deputy Government CIO Bill McCluggage and other members of the Open Source team in the Cabinet Office (yes, that’s right – there is an Open Source team and a Director responsible for their plans). The message was “We want you to give us Open Source software, in fact we insist!”

E cá pelo burgo? quando vamos abrir os olhos?

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