Libby Clark of the Linux Foundation has published an analysis of the ascent of GNU/Linux in HPC (High Performance Computing). In the face of competition from UNIX operating systems and M$’s stuff, GNU/Linux rules 90% of units and petaflops…
“The licensing cost of a custom, self-supported Linux distribution is the same, whether you’re using 20 nodes or 20,000,000 nodes. And by tapping into the vast open source Linux community, projects had access to free support and developer resources to help keep developer costs on par with, or below other operating systems. With a vendor supported OS, institutions would go bankrupt fast at these scales if they had to pay for it.”
Think of that for a moment… If a single organization should lean to GNU/Linux because of the cost of 20 million licences for an OS, how fast should the world move to GNU/Linux on thousands of millions of computers? It’s exactly the same problem, “How do we reduce the cost of the whole system to something more affordable? . It has the same solution, “Use Free/Libre Open Source Software, the GNU/Linux OS.” . Sticking with M$’s OS is succumbing to a divide-and-conquer approach. Together we are bigger and better than M$ and GNU/Linux is our OS. Millions of programmers around the world have worked for years and pooled their resources for everyone to share.
The largest installation I did had 153 seats. By using GNU/Linux and multi-seat X, I was able to take the money that was ear-marked for client PCs and invest in many servers, printers, scanners, cameras and gigabit/s networking where it would be useful. 153 seats X (~$100 for an OS licence from M$ and ~$100 for a word-processor licence from M$) and the hardware costs of 60 more PCs to make up for the absence of multi-seat X easily came to half the price of the project. So, we got about twice the IT we could have afforded using M$’s stuff. That’s true whether the system is a computer lab, a wharefhouse-filling supercomputer or the world’s IT. GNU/Linux is the right way to do IT because you can always find something better to do with the money, like buying more hardware, seats or petaflops.
When you add to cost the freedom and flexibility that GNU/Linux and FLOSS offers, it’s a no-brainer. Free/Libre Open Source Software is software that you can run, examine, modify and distribute. That’s the right way to do IT whether it’s a single PC in your home, the whole IT department in some organization, business or government or the world. Learn more at www.Debian.Org.