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Re: Who Uses Linux/OSS? YOU DO!

  • Subject: Re: Who Uses Linux/OSS? YOU DO!
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 02 Apr 2006 22:46:15 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: schestowitz.com / MCC / Manchester University
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__/ [ Jim ] on Sunday 02 April 2006 21:24 \__

> rapskat wrote:
>> You may not run Linux on your desktop system, you may not even know what
>> Linux or Open Source Software is.  However, chances are that everyday you
>> are using Linux to provide crucial services.
>> You are reading this message right now thanks to Linux and Open Source
>> Software (OSS).  When you send or receive email or postal mail, linux
>> helped deliver it.  When you view a web page, Linux was there
>> somewhere to get that page to you.  When you use your bank, chances are
>> that at some point your money passes through a computer running some form
>> of Linux. When you watch TV or listen to the radio, Linux is involved in
>> some way to compose and/or deliver that content to you.  When put gas in
>> your car, chances are that Linux was involved in various aspects of that
>> transaction from prospecting for crude oil to refinement to transport to
>> delivery to running the software that controls the pump. Driving you car,
>> Linux is used in some vehicle control computers.  Even making your car,
>> Linux runs many of the robotic assembly machines at automobile factories.
>> Linux is involved in various aspects of transportation industry, as it is
>> in the medical industry, as it is in the telecommunications industry, as
>> it is in the educational industry, as it is in almost every major
>> industry, of course including IT.
>> So the next time you ask yourself, "Linux?  Who uses that?" remember that
>> the answer is probably you.
> it also runs digital satellite receivers.

Let's not forget one major poster child: Google. Despite all, many people
love Google. This passion or admiration can be ported to the Penguin market.
Few people actually know that Google is a 'Linux house' [1,2] -- both on the
desktop and in the server room[3]. If only they knew, they would come to
honour Linux slightly more. Google have in fact *began* with Linux, so it
wasn't a question of embracing cheaper technology for cheap accumulation of
robots for the datacentre. Linux is what got them everything in the first
place, even if it involved many cheapo, no-X machines connected together by
a web (pun intended) of wires.

[1] http://www-db.stanford.edu/~sergey/ ( Python, TeX tools, Linux in the
background )

[2] http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?cid=14609148&sid=175746&tid=217


                        "DiBona said Google has used Linux all the way."

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