GNU/Linux-only, What a concept!

HP is producing powerful servers for which they don’t support that other OS…
“Only Linux distributions are supported: Red Hat, CentOS, Fedora, and Ubuntu. No Windows.”

Chuckle. Is it the EULA? Is the fact that efficient operators don’t want to bother with that other OS? Is it reliability or flexibility or that driver thing? Whatever… 😉

See FIRST LOOK: HP takes giant leap in server design.

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10 Responses to GNU/Linux-only, What a concept!

  1. Deadlock wrote, “Yet your article claims Moonshot does not support Windows *at all*. “

    Nope. They reviewed a particular model. That’s all. HP does not support TOOS on that model.

  2. dougman says:

    Who wants to spend thousands on server software, when far more reliable software is readily available?

    Datacenters are run with Linux due to Stability…Security…Decreased Hardware Requirements…TCO and Freedom.

    MicroSh1t and Windows is notoriously not capable of any of the above items.

  3. Deadlock says:

    Down the page a bit is the HP ProLiant m700 Server Cartridge which does mention “7″. They associate that one with “hosted desktops”.

    There are four different kinds of server modules and only one runs TOOS.

    Yet your article claims Moonshot does not support Windows *at all*.

    So again – *cough*BULLSHIT*cough*

  4. Deadlock wrote, “*cough*BULLSHIT*cough*”.

    Well, in HP’s pamphlet, Family guide –
    HP Moonshot System – The world’s first software-defined server
    there are several products in the family. The basic one at the top of page 4 list is “HP ProLiant Moonshot Server Cartridge” and it lists none of that other OS as supported. Down the page a bit is the HP ProLiant m700 Server Cartridge which does mention “7”. They associate that one with “hosted desktops”. There are four different kinds of server modules and only one runs TOOS. So, TOOS is definitely getting second billing. The last one is very interesting, Ubuntu GNU/Linux on ARM… TOOS need not apply.

    TFA: “We received the first publicly reviewable unit in the Moonshot series and at the end of testing we were exhausted, but also in awe. The enormous effort in initial configuration, we found, pays handsomely. “

    So, it’s what HP sent them. I know you sycophants of M$ are having a reality check but deal with it. The world no longer revolves around M$ and the world doesn’t need to wait to see what M$ does.

  5. Deadlock says:

    “Only Linux distributions are supported: Red Hat, CentOS, Fedora, and Ubuntu. No Windows.”


    Obviously NetworkWorld couldn’t find HP’s website, or if they could, couldn’t read the bit about how Moonshot works with IIS8 on Windows 2012R2 or see the picture with “Windows Server” on it. BTW, in that section, “Linux” is conspicuous by its absence.

    But don’t let the facts get in the way of your fallacious and misleading “article”.

  6. Mats Hagglund wrote about GNU/Linux in education.

    Yep. It works. People just have to try it and they get immediate break-even. It’s a one-time cost and they get better IT forever. There are a dozen reasons why GNU/Linux is better in education. Imagine how much more understanding of what computers can do are the students using GNU/Linux so that any question they may have can be answered unlike That Other OS where nothing can be known because the source code is hidden.

  7. Mats Hagglund wrote some stuff.

    Here, I’ve injected the HTML to make a table. It’s just a key-stroke with AutoKey

    Non-mobile OS-Share On Wikimedia

    OS Share of All Transactions Share of non-Mobile (52.13%) April 2009
    TOOS 43.17% 82.81% 91.23%
    MacOS 5.64% 10.82% 6.18%
    GNU/Linux 1.04% 2.00% 1.46%
    FreeBSD 0.02% 0.04% 0.01%
    Other 2.26% 4.33% 1.12%

    Thanks for doing the maths. Wikimedia is still messed up but it does show a trend, a good one. TOOS is becoming a lot less essential day by day.

  8. ram says:

    That is because the choice now with UEFI is Microsoft OR (not AND) Linux.
    Pick one or the other! It is clear the world is chosing Linux.

    I note the largest industrial computer (as in industrial control and embedded manufacturer, in Asia, who shall remain nameless — but this is easy to figure out) has as their frontline products Intel Core 2 (with a few later Intel i-series motherboards). These all use a legacy BIOS, not UEFI (which is as big as an operating system and nobody trusts what it is doing — for extremely good reasons!). These boards are selling for more than triple the price of UEFI boards (i.e. they are still profitable while UEFI is definitely not).

    Among the newest hardward being offered, non-Intel architectures are growing. AMD products are essentially dead. (Too bad, bad choices by AMD in the last year or so.)

    With respect to “Wikimedia”, they are funded from exactly the same source as Microsoft. In other words, identical parent ownership/control. Just take what they are saying and put NOT behind it!

    Do they really think all other ethnic/cultural groups are stupid?

  9. Mats Hagglund says:

    …and meanwhile in Wikimedia:

    I edited some figures of non-mobile pc (excluding iPhones and iPads)

    Windows 43,17/ 52,13………………..82,81% (April 2009 91,23%)
    Mac 5,64%/52,13……………………….10,82% (6,18%)
    Linux 1,04/52,13……………………….. 2,00% (1,46%)
    FreeBSD 0,02/52,13…………………. 0,04% (0,01%)
    Other 2,26/52,13………………………….. 4,33% (1,12%)

    I just wonder what the “Other” consists.

    The big news is that just over half (52%) of wikisearch have been done by non-mobiles. But the mobile marketshare of iOS is of course too high. Not much reality behind that figure.

  10. Mats Hagglund says:

    More good news:

    “A Pennsylvania high school has given 1,700 students Acer TravelMate laptops pre-loaded with Ubuntu 13.10 according to The school district has been replacing Windows and Mac machines with Linux machines for the last three years, as well as having all their infrastructure built upon it. Libby Clark said of the student laptop program, “Beyond giving out new laptops, the program set out to teach open source principles and introduce a culture shift. IT staff led evening “tech camps” for parents in the district and training sessions for teachers to help them become more familiar with the installed applications as well as the concept of open source software.” ”

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