Glyn Moody Gets One Right

Glyn Moody is often right, IMHO. Today he gets another one right:
“why pay for costly closed-source infrastructure software when all the high-profile success stories are running open source from top to bottom? Do you really want to bet they’re doing it wrong?”

The competitive advantages of using GNU/Linux everywhere in IT are too good to miss. One key item in his post is that InstaGram has only 3 engineers to run it’s entire back office using GNU/Linux and Amazon EC2 (25 extra large machines) … That must run chills through M$’s spine. Instagram has 30 million users and hosts 150 million photos. The Android App gets more than a million downloads per day. Instagram was founded in 2010. Startups, are you listening? Facebook is buying them for $1billion. Investing in GNU/Linux can pay handsomely.

“We’ve only got 3 engineers, and our needs are still evolving, so self-hosting isn’t an option we’ve explored too deeply yet”

While Instagram used Ubuntu GNU/Linux, I recommend Debian GNU/Linux. It’s hard to beat the original with a copy.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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5 Responses to Glyn Moody Gets One Right

  1. Dr Loser says:

    Just a quick note to say thanks for being an honest gentleman, Robert. Much appreciated on both counts, and I shame-facedly confess that I underestimated your capacity on either.

    That was a pretty rare gesture on a personal blog, IMHO.

    (You can leave this one in the trash or not, to taste.)

  2. kozmcrae says:

    Robert stresses the technical points. That’s a good strategy. It should lead to balanced discussions but it doesn’t. The discussions get quite heated around here and that’s without my influence.

    Why is that? We’re just talking about the facts (not me). How can you argue about that? Because the Cult of Microsoft are revisionists. Part of Microsoft’s strategy for corporate success is changing its history. The Cult of Microsoft gladly play along either intentionally or not.

    We are supposed to be discussing the facts but the facts are in a constant state of flux thanks to Microsoft. That’s one reason why I avoid content. I find it more fruitful to hold you to your words. The arrogance I’ve seen from the Cult of Microsoft is astounding. It shames me to be included in the same culture with them.

  3. Dr Loser says:

    Robert, it would be nice if you could let this one through. I’m not objecting in any way to you or your site, simply to Koz and his crazed view of the world.

    It’s your site, and I wouldn’t blame you. But:

    Koz, mate, you’re skewing what little statistical sample there is.

    “I notice they leave most posts alone now and choose only a few to spar on. It’s getting tougher to be an advocate for Microsoft.”

    I’d be quite happy to respond to every single one. I’d be quite happy to be limited to a single response per post.

    I am, in fact, in favour of pine cones, for example.

    However, since I’m banned, the data point of whether or not I would have responded is somewhat irrelevant, isn’t it?

  4. Well, I make a lot of posts and they don’t want to have to load so many pages…

  5. kozmcrae says:

    I wouldn’t expect too many hits on this post. The only possible response from the Microsoft camp would be more twisted logic and questionable links. I notice they leave most posts alone now and choose only a few to spar on. It’s getting tougher to be an advocate for Microsoft.

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