Friday, May 21, 2010
Linux is where you find it
Who would use 1700 Playstation 3's loaded with Linux?
The Air Force is one example. The Air Force Research Laboratory in Rome, New York picked up 336 PS3 systems in 2009 and built itself a 53 teraFLOP processing cluster. Once completed as a proof of concept, Air Force researchers then scaled up by a factor of six and went in search of 2,200 more consoles (later scaled back to 1,700). The $663,000 contract was awarded on January 6, 2010, to a small company called Fixstars that could provide 1,700 160GB PS3 systems to the government.
I have been using Linux for desktop computing for a decade and I can say that you do not have to be a geek to use it. There is really one thing that stands out as the major difference between running MS and Linux all the software apps are free and easy to install from safe software repositories. Linux apps are free not freeware, shareware or spyware, no DLing software to find the free trial version has been disabled to the point it is worthless, no flashing banner adds in your software prodding you to purchase the non free version.
If you decide to try Linux, I suggest you get to the Linux Mint site and DL the latest KDE community edition, its great for beginners as well as advanced Linux users. Mint has great GUI's and good multimedia support.
While Linux might seem a little out of place on a political activism blog it is about freedom, the freedom to see the code, use, alter code to fit your needs. It is also very economical to run, not paying for anti virus, and other security tools or any other software, now that is a freedom.