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Linux Played a Vital Role In Discovery of Higgs Boson

timothy posted more than 2 years ago | from the more-nobel-juice-for-linus dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "Scientific Linux and Ubuntu had a vital role in the discovery of the new boson at CERN. Linux systems are used every day in their analysis, together with hosts of open software, such as ROOT. Linux plays a major role in the running of their networks of computers (in the grid etc.) and it is used for the intensive work in their calculations."

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C++ too (2, Funny)

Jorl17 (1716772) | more than 2 years ago | (#40555535)

Yup, C++ too. They couldn't make it out of thin air -- now everybody wants a bit of success.

Kitchen staff (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40555619)

Yup, C++ too. They couldn't make it out of thin air -- now everybody wants a bit of success.

Let's not forget THE most important members of the team: the folks who made the coffee! NOTHING helps more with analysis than fresh pots and pots of coffee!

C++ and Linux - pffft! Gimme enough coffee and all I need is an abacus, some graph paper and colored pencils!

Re:Kitchen staff (1)

datavirtue (1104259) | more than 2 years ago | (#40555661)

If I drink a bunch of coffee I get real tired.

Re:Kitchen staff (5, Funny)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 2 years ago | (#40555843)

Keep going, once you hit 100 cups of coffee you achieve transcendence.

Re:Kitchen staff (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40556055)

"Transcendence"? So that's how heart attack is called nowadays?

Re:Kitchen staff (2)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 2 years ago | (#40556165)

It looks like a heart attack on an EKG but you'll probably be fine once you go back to normal-time. Handy for saving your friends from a fire.

Re:Kitchen staff (2)

ashish3 (845909) | more than 2 years ago | (#40556195)

I believe '100 cups of coffee' was a FUTURAMA reference!

The Only Newsworthy Item (5, Insightful)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 2 years ago | (#40555541)

The only thing that would be newsworthy is if you managed to do something highly technical without having Linux play a vital role. For everyone who thinks that a complete absence of Linux is the norm: Did you use the internet?

After tinkering with Debian on my Raspberry Pis, it's pretty clear that kids are going to learn how pervasive Linux can be. As long as other operating systems are closed source or require money to run, Linux will be more than abundant. I worked at a Fortune 500 company and aside from some hilariously painful Sharepoint servers, everything was Linux. If OSX is Uranium on the periodic table, Linux is Hydrogen. If Windows is as abundant and costly as diamonds, Linux is as abundant and costly as carbon. It may be no-frills, it might be forever doomed to be passed over by gamers and musicians ... but it's the de facto standard where I work when you need serious shit done -- large or small.

Re:The Only Newsworthy Item (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40555569)

Thats nice, hate to break it to you but Linux is still a huge minority even in the science/research realm.

And its kinda funny your hatred with OS X when OS X is Unix which is all Linux is pretending to be.

Re:The Only Newsworthy Item (3, Funny)

Nadaka (224565) | more than 2 years ago | (#40555631)

OSX is BSD.

Re:The Only Newsworthy Item (1)

Jorl17 (1716772) | more than 2 years ago | (#40555645)

Shh, you'll insult him.

Re:The Only Newsworthy Item (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40555775)

and BSD is Unix. Your point? Or are you one of those idiots who still insists BSD isnt Unix? Because if you are you should shut up and stop posting now.

Re:The Only Newsworthy Item (4, Funny)

DrJimbo (594231) | more than 2 years ago | (#40555953)

OSX is BSD.

Great news! Kudos to Apple for stepping up to the plate and releasing OSX under an open source license. Maybe this will encourage Microsoft to release Windows under the GPL-3.

Re:The Only Newsworthy Item (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40556211)

Let me introduce you to Darwin...

Re:The Only Newsworthy Item (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40555637)

Wow, somebody's more than a little butthurt. :-)

Re:The Only Newsworthy Item (-1)

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) | more than 2 years ago | (#40555691)

And what's the larger point? That a group of technical geniuses used it...therefore it is awesome for the average person? That they found it useful of the power that makes an OS seem broken and difficult to use for the average joe?

I'm sure they relied even more heavily on professional statistical analysis tools, most of which is probably (even more likely) available on WIndows and even Apple, and even more heavily still on custom software, which can go anywhere. And yes, that includes most I/O piping. Unless Windows does away with their command prompt.

Re:The Only Newsworthy Item (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40555765)

HTML tags aren't hard, dude. Furthermore, in your little rant you are missing the point

There are interesting facets to it, I think. What would they be using if Linux didn't exist? How much longer would it have taken if they'd had to use BSD? Or Windows?

How many of those millions of man-hours contributed to this discovery? How many other major breakthroughs have they enabled? How much amazing potential is locked up in proprietary software, utterly useless?

A major discovery like this is a perfect chance to blow the horn for publicly-funded research, and open source software is a huge part of that.

Re:The Only Newsworthy Item (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40556083)

I'm sure they relied even more heavily on professional statistical analysis tools,

And you'd be wrong.

Re:The Only Newsworthy Item (1)

Aeros (668253) | more than 2 years ago | (#40556301)

And you know this because?

Re:The Only Newsworthy Item (4, Informative)

G3ckoG33k (647276) | more than 2 years ago | (#40555753)

"OS X is Unix which is all Linux is pretending to be"

Huh? That may have been true a decade ago.

Have a look at http://i.top500.org/overtime [top500.org] and you'll see that Linux overtook and topped Unix between 2002 and 2005.

OSX today? Not of any significant relevance for the last few years.

Re:The Only Newsworthy Item (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40555831)

Almost every physics professor in every university I've attended or visited uses either a Mac or Linux. I don't know what science you're talking about?

Re:The Only Newsworthy Item (1)

ThorGod (456163) | more than 2 years ago | (#40555935)

Almost every physics professor in every university I've attended or visited uses either a Mac or Linux. I don't know what science you're talking about?

He's probably talking about business or other math-light fields.

Re:The Only Newsworthy Item (1)

Forty Two Tenfold (1134125) | more than 2 years ago | (#40556223)

Almost every physics professor in every university I've attended or visited uses either a Mac or Linux. I don't know what science you're talking about?

He's probably talking about business or other math-light fields.

Hmmm. Doesn't scientific method build on mathematics? And I mean mathematics, not voodoo "mathematics" as it is in economics (which is just theology of Mammon, simply wrong most of the time or just bad otherwise).

Re:The Only Newsworthy Item (4, Funny)

similar_name (1164087) | more than 2 years ago | (#40556053)

Of the top 500 supercomputers (often used for science and research) Linux does okay [wikipedia.org] .

Re:The Only Newsworthy Item (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40556249)

This is the kind of article that will make the linux users load up on kleenex and lotion now.

Re:The Only Newsworthy Item (1)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 2 years ago | (#40556339)

And its kinda funny your hatred with OS X when OS X is Unix which is all Linux is pretending to be.

Is that even a useful distinction any more? Do you think anyone would use OS X for serious number crunching?

Re:The Only Newsworthy Item (3, Informative)

Nexion (1064) | more than 2 years ago | (#40556365)

That's why 83.8% of the top 500 supercomputers all run OSX!!!

http://i.top500.org/stats/list/37/os

Oh wait... I must be a bit colorblind... that's actually Linux. Hmmm... is OSX even on this thing?

Re:The Only Newsworthy Item (1)

religious freak (1005821) | more than 2 years ago | (#40555887)

(r)Amen!

Re:The Only Newsworthy Item (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40555909)

Whole article is bunk, they could have done it with other operating systems just different cost, Linux didn't have anything special that they couldn't get elsewhere.

Re:The Only Newsworthy Item (5, Insightful)

oakgrove (845019) | more than 2 years ago | (#40556019)

The LHC is probably the most important scientific installation on the face of the earth right now with international backing. Do you really think that they would blink at the price tag of Windows anything else if they wanted to use it? They use Linux because for their purposes it is better. Does anybody on this site engage brain before keyboard anymore?

Re:The Only Newsworthy Item (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40556389)

OMGWTFBBQ!!! PONIES!!!!

/my apologies to used memes

Re:The Only Newsworthy Item (3, Funny)

f3rret (1776822) | more than 2 years ago | (#40556047)

If OSX is Uranium on the periodic table, .

So if I install OS X enough times on my computer it'll achieve super-criticality? Does it also mean that OS X is technically illegal under the NPT?

Re:The Only Newsworthy Item (1)

ZeroSumHappiness (1710320) | more than 2 years ago | (#40556161)

That would make it illegal under its own TOS...

Re:The Only Newsworthy Item (1)

Forty Two Tenfold (1134125) | more than 2 years ago | (#40556257)

If OSX is Uranium on the periodic table, .

So if I install OS X enough times on my computer it'll achieve super-criticality?

No, it's just wrong isotope. But it still can give cancer!

The Little Platform That Could (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40555545)

See, I knew linux would finally be of some use to somebody, somewhere.

Re:The Little Platform That Could (3, Insightful)

jedidiah (1196) | more than 2 years ago | (#40555789)

Once you get outside of editing msword documents, Linux is pretty much useful to everyone, everywhere. If you think that Linux isn't useful, you're wearing your consumer blinders a little too tight.

Re:The Little Platform That Could (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40556035)

If Linux is so great, then why aren't they selling it for super cheap to poor people, like Microsoft is with Windows? Do they think we're made of money or something?

Re:The Little Platform That Could (1)

BanHammor (2587175) | more than 2 years ago | (#40556187)

I'd mod you funny if I could.

Re:The Little Platform That Could (2)

Eravnrekaree (467752) | more than 2 years ago | (#40556409)

Eh? Linux edits MS Word documents well with Libreoffice. The really weak areas are games, and a huge number of specialized apps from web and graphics development. Most Linux tools really cannot match the Adobe stuff.

Microsoft did more (-1, Troll)

ZeroSumHappiness (1710320) | more than 2 years ago | (#40555549)

So what if Linux played a role in their server operations. Microsoft was used in all the ways that made the money donated to the project. So once again Linux users talk about "free" when they really mean "provided for by someone else."

Re:Microsoft did more (1)

Jorl17 (1716772) | more than 2 years ago | (#40555563)

When I talk about Free I talk about being able to dive in the kernel to find backdoors. BANG.

Re:Microsoft did more (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 2 years ago | (#40555719)

A Kernel that was provided by someone else.

Re:Microsoft did more (1)

Trilkin (2042026) | more than 2 years ago | (#40555991)

MISTER POTATO HEAD. Backdoors are not secrets!

Re:Microsoft did more (1)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | more than 2 years ago | (#40555593)

What are you talking about? "Donated to the project"? There were no donations, these were research grants and funds from various national governments.

Re:Microsoft did more (1)

ZeroSumHappiness (1710320) | more than 2 years ago | (#40555741)

What is a research grant but a donation from the people that actually make money and provide a real service to the world?

Re:Microsoft did more (2)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | more than 2 years ago | (#40555815)

By the same line of reasoning, you could argue that COBOL tax software run by IRS and equivalent bodies in European countries was a key component in finding the Higgs boson. And the baker on the street corner was a key component as well because he made the scientists happier in the morning and therefore more productive. You have to draw the line somewhere as to what is a part of the project and what isn't.

Re:Microsoft did more (-1, Troll)

ZeroSumHappiness (1710320) | more than 2 years ago | (#40556025)

Come on, everyone knows that taxes destroy wealth. They don't create it. Try to troll harder next time.

Re:Microsoft did more (1)

Forty Two Tenfold (1134125) | more than 2 years ago | (#40556345)

You're confusing taxes with greed.

Re:Microsoft did more (1)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | more than 2 years ago | (#40556369)

Come on, everyone knows that taxes destroy wealth. They don't create it. Try to troll harder next time.

Yea, why do you think America was so poor during the 1950's, when the top tax rate was 90%?

Re:Microsoft did more (5, Funny)

Garridan (597129) | more than 2 years ago | (#40555801)

Naw, I think Microsoft's biggest contribution to all this was the Comic Sans font.

Re:Microsoft did more (1)

curious.corn (167387) | more than 2 years ago | (#40556381)

Naw, I think Microsoft's biggest contribution to all this was the Comic Sans font.

LOL +1

Here's your awesomeness car sir... what a perfect synthesis.

Re:Microsoft did more (4, Insightful)

ThorGod (456163) | more than 2 years ago | (#40555879)

So what if Linux played a role in their server operations. Microsoft was used in all the ways that made the money donated to the project. So once again Linux users talk about "free" when they really mean "provided for by someone else."

Overly broad connection is bizarre. You see, in the academic world professors tend to use the best tool available or make a better tool. The LHC is a good example of that, since it simply didn't exist until a group of academics turned their efforts to creating it. I guarantee LHC researchers have refined and contributed back to many OSS projects. If anything, Linux and BSD thrive off of contributions made by researchers (academic and otherwise). It would be more noteworthy if Linux played a minimal role at a scientific project like the LHC.

Re:Microsoft did more (-1, Troll)

ZeroSumHappiness (1710320) | more than 2 years ago | (#40556387)

Please, everyone knows that academics is 99% politics and professors are, in general, technically clueless. Sure, they're really smart with numbers and all but give them a bare machine and tell them they're on their own and they'd be lost. It's their students that are growing up in this freeloading floss (funny how floss is only good for finding bits of discarded food) culture that is setting them up with Linux, and once they're on Linux they're locked in to those "OSS" (also known as inferior) tools since most professional packages don't even run on Linux. Wow, I haven't read such blatant trolling in a long time. How did anyone get tricked into thinking this was insightful?

Obligatory... (1)

Zemran (3101) | more than 2 years ago | (#40555555)

Wow, Imagine what they would discover with a Bewoulf Cluster then...

Re:Obligatory... (1)

G3ckoG33k (647276) | more than 2 years ago | (#40555767)

Your low number gave you away... ;)

And if Linux wasn't there... (2)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 2 years ago | (#40555575)

They probably would had still found it.

I would also like thank Expo Dry Erase markets, without them we wouldn't get our first draft of the calculations.

The Vital Role is technology that without it, it wouldn't happen. Not something without it, you would have a perfectly usable substitute.

Re:And if Linux wasn't there... (2)

a_n_d_e_r_s (136412) | more than 2 years ago | (#40555617)

There is no perfect usable substitute for Linux.

Solaris (4, Insightful)

anyaristow (1448609) | more than 2 years ago | (#40556037)

Scientific installations used to use Solaris a lot. Linux isn't better. It's just cheaper.

Re:Solaris (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40556181)

You do realize that "used to" and now are two different things, right? Linux development for hard realtime applications has far outstripped Solaris. It's hasn't been a contest in several years now. Get with the times, grampa. Furthermore, whatever you're smoking that makes you think fucking CERN gives a shit about price tag on their software, please pass that shit around.

Re:And if Linux wasn't there... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40556377)

SCO UNIX...(ducks).

Re:And if Linux wasn't there... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40555697)

Ha ha. Cry more, you little bitch.

you would have a perfectly usable substitute.

There is no perfect drop in replacement for Linux you fucking moron. BSD doesn't support the hardware that Linux does and Windows isn't as performant. Oh, here's some cheese for your whine.

Re:And if Linux wasn't there... (1)

jedidiah (1196) | more than 2 years ago | (#40555819)

Of course Windows would have extra software costs. It MIGHT be as usable but it would certainly be considerably more expensive. That's not even accounting for needing more hardware to do the same amount of work.

Re:And if Linux wasn't there... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40555969)

The LHC is the premier particle accelerator in the world. It is extremely unlikely that if they actually wanted to use Windows that budgetary constraints would stop them. They use Linux because for their purposes it is just better. Price is irrelevant.

Re:And if Linux wasn't there... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40555951)

Yeah, that's right... It's either BSD, Linux or Windows... There ain't nothing else out there...
 
Oh, wait...

Re:And if Linux wasn't there... (1)

JonJ (907502) | more than 2 years ago | (#40556239)

I pray to god you're not actually referring to OS X...

I wuld also like to thank (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 2 years ago | (#40555759)

the cafeteria staff, without them, we wouldn't have ate

Heh, I wonder if service people would put that on their resume?
Janitorial staff when Higgs was found.

Turned out he was on holiday leaving magnum to fend for himself.

Re:And if Linux wasn't there... (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 2 years ago | (#40555889)

It would have eaten up all the funds for building the actual LHC though...

Re:And if Linux wasn't there... (1)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 2 years ago | (#40556163)

No. The Hurd is also free. And without Linux, it probably would have seen far more development by now. Or maybe they'd run a BSD.

Linux is indeed used in many scientific fields (4, Insightful)

Kensai7 (1005287) | more than 2 years ago | (#40555587)

Linux is indeed used in many scientific fields. Speed? Customization? Open source tools? Probably all the above. If anyone is working on Neuroscience, for example, I bet he/she already knows NeuroDebian [debian.net] or will be interested to use it.

Yes yes.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40555609)

And by the way, ROOT was developed by CERN, so what's exactly the point there?
I'm missing the news part somewhere...

Smells like.... a shameless plug.

Can't run windows (1)

Murdoch5 (1563847) | more than 2 years ago | (#40555621)

Well Linux has to, if they ran Windows they would only discover the blue screen. Linux has the stability, the performance and the design that make it the ideal candidate for the scientific environment.

also desks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40555639)

couldn't have done it without the desks

coat tails (1)

AwesomeMcgee (2437070) | more than 2 years ago | (#40555653)

and Euclid as well, but that really doesn't have anything to do with the fact that these people found the Higgs Boson with the power of their invariably large brains. The tools may have been important, but you and I have Linux and we didn't do it, so let's leave the credit where it really belongs.

Re:coat tails (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40555799)

The tools may have been important, but you and I have Linux and we didn't do it, so let's leave the credit where it really belongs.

I'd contend that manpower is the bottleneck, and time spent writing and debugging software is time taken away from designing and performing experiments. How much time, exactly, depends on the precise software.

I'm not saying it's on the scale of years, but that's what I'm opening up for discussion. It's certainly plausible, given the sheer scale of work that's gone into the development of Linux, that there may be features that researchers would have had to recreate at great effort and expense had Linux not existed.

Re:coat tails (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40556243)

I think the point is that Linux carries validation from "large brains" as well as the small brains from forums such as Slashdot. So in terms of Linux vs Windows penis wars, Linux gets points because some incredibly large brains picked it over other things. One has to think that the large brainers have a bit more rationality than the small brainers of Slashdot. Thus there is some validity in choosing Linux despite the fact that small brain Slashdotters like Harryfeet continuously put it down because of its marketshare in an area still in the clutches of a monopoly.

plus (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40555735)

oxygen played a vital role in the discovery of the new boson at CERN. Oxygen plays a major role in the running of their brains. Finally the world will take oxygen seriously as a means to move humanity forward.

Fpk sponge (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40555745)

BSD Aadicts, flame

Vital? (1, Insightful)

Missing.Matter (1845576) | more than 2 years ago | (#40555749)

The only truly vital piece of equipment involved was the LHC, which created the necessary energy levels to find something like the Higgs Boson. Everything else seems like interchangeable tools: if it wasn't one operating system it would be another, if it wasn't one open source solution, it would be another maybe even closed source solution.

Re:Vital? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40555927)

It has been noted by others (in the article, for example) that Linux is the undisputed king of high-performance computing, in the public sector at least. My only assumption is that that is not random, that there are reasons for it.

As far as other open source solutions BSD kernels generally do not have such good support for hard real time applications.

I have seen a lot of posts by you on this site and Engadget. You put down open source solutions and champion MS almost always. You also tend to almost always use populist ignorant style rhetoric. Consider the possibility that the internet would be a better place if you would just shut up and listen for a while.

Fanboys... (-1, Flamebait)

frostilicus2 (889524) | more than 2 years ago | (#40555751)

No, Linux didn't play a vital role; computing, brains, mathematics and a big-ass particle accelerator did. On the computational side, BSD, Windows, Aix, Irix, Solaris could have all done exactly the same thing. I thought Mac Fanboys were bad, but Linux uncovering the fundamental nature of the universe? Wow.

Re:Fanboys... (0)

Missing.Matter (1845576) | more than 2 years ago | (#40555845)

He also says "In terms of data analysis, Windows could be used in principle. We could also use some type of device that manipulates symbols on a strip of tape according to a simple table of rules." and "I work primarily in physics, not in computing, so I doubt that I am able to argue very competently for Linux over something such as BSD." but then goes on to conclude Linux is "vital" even though it's on principle interchangeable with these other platforms.

Re:Fanboys... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40556069)

Can you make a valid argument to why those other OS's are better? Obviously the geniuses at CERN feel otherwise. But, I'm sure you are much smarter than they are and just need to go and set them straight. Fucking delusional fanboy that you are.

Re:Fanboys... (1)

symbolset (646467) | more than 2 years ago | (#40556255)

The Turing Machine reference is remarkably astute for someone outside the specialty.

Re:Fanboys... (1)

jedidiah (1196) | more than 2 years ago | (#40555873)

Anything except for BSD would have been considerably more expensive, possibly prohibitively so.

Yes. Sometimes the availability of tools that don't actually break your budget is a relevant and meaningful thing. Most of us don't have drawers full of cash.

Re:Fanboys... (1)

Missing.Matter (1845576) | more than 2 years ago | (#40555921)

So how was Linux vital and BSD not?

Re:Fanboys... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40556093)

Linux supports hardware that BSD doesn't and performs better in hard realtime applications. This is common knowledge amongst people that actually work in this field.

Re:Fanboys... (1)

gman003 (1693318) | more than 2 years ago | (#40556391)

Actually, the article addresses that. Or at the very least, the author says "dammit, Jim, I'm a particle physicist not a computer scientist! I don't know why they picked Linux over BSD!"

Most likely, Linux was just something the admins had more experience with, although technical matters probably played a minor role as well.

TIL smash Windows into OSX, destroying both.... (1)

Picass0 (147474) | more than 2 years ago | (#40555769)

...and you'll find god.

Am I interpreting that right?

Ubuntu Linux? (4, Funny)

darkpixel2k (623900) | more than 2 years ago | (#40555895)

So that's why it took them so long to find the Higgs Boson. They had to 'see' it.
If they'd had a properly working audio stack, they would have been able to hear it years ago...

Re:Ubuntu Linux? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40556137)

I support thousands of Linux desktops of various configurations where I work and have not had an audio problem for at least 4 years. You know, you can retire the outdated rhetoric and still have friends. Just saying.

In related news... (3, Funny)

loufoque (1400831) | more than 2 years ago | (#40555915)

Computers played a major role in the discovery of the Higgs boson.

I hear electricity played a pretty important role, too.

Re:In related news... (2)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | more than 2 years ago | (#40556029)

Screw electricity, let's hear it for zinc!

But does it run Linux? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40555939)

Oh, I guess it does. Never mind.

Yeah, vital (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40555943)

About as much as vital as the toilet paper in the labs' toilets. Don't know the brand right now, but the experiment wouldn't have been possible without it undoubtfully.

Their Iphone tweeted out the news (1)

cod3r_ (2031620) | more than 2 years ago | (#40556067)

GO IPHONE!

Well... see you've got it wrong.... (1)

kiriath (2670145) | more than 2 years ago | (#40556111)

The point is not that they used Linux, or Windows, or BSD or OSX or any other OS. The point is that a group of people joined together with a goal, selected the appropriate tools for whichever task it is they were working on, and employed them. A collective union was able to transcend the barrier of the "OS Argument" and just get things done. I more admire a network that has a cohabitation of multiple Operating Systems, working together - than a single OS focused environment. There is no telling what other discoveries could be made if people could get past the OS argument, and learn to use whichever tool makes THEM more productive. =D

Ubuntu? (3, Insightful)

scheme (19778) | more than 2 years ago | (#40556119)

Wait, where does Ubuntu come in? CMS and ATLAS are standardized on SL5/6 and I'm guessing LHCb and ALICE are also using SL. Who's using Ubuntu?

My Angry Shoes (1)

Angrywhiteshoes (2440876) | more than 2 years ago | (#40556197)

Are responsible for my college education, because they helped me walk to class.

Comic? (1)

synapse7 (1075571) | more than 2 years ago | (#40556215)

This reminds me I of a comic I saw years ago that was at the expense of Mac users. I believe the comic was even related to CERN and pictured a bunch of mac users in a coffee shop. Has anybody else seen it, know where it can be found on the interweb?
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