All these Companies use Linux


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Linux is used extensively on servers in businesses, and has been for a long time. Linux is also used in some corporate environments as the desktop platform for their employees, with commercially available solutions including Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop, and Ubuntu.

  • Free I.T. Athens, founded in 2005 in Athens, Georgia, United States, is a non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing computers from landfills, recycling them or refurbishing them using Linux exclusively.[101]
  • Burlington Coat Factory has used Linux exclusively since 1999.[102]
  • Ernie Ball, known for its famous Super Slinky guitar strings, has used Linux as its desktop operating system since 2000.[103]
  • Novell is undergoing a migration from Windows to Linux. Of its 5500 employees, 50% were successfully migrated as of April 2006. This was expected to rise to 80% by November.[104]
  • Wotif, the Australian hotel booking website, migrated from Windows to Linux servers to keep up with the growth of its business.[105]
  • Union Bank of California announced in January 2007 that it would standardize its IT infrastructure on Red Hat Enterprise Linux in order to lower costs.[106]
  • Peugeot, the European car maker, announced plans to deploy up to 20,000 copies of Novell's Linux desktop, SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop, and 2,500 copies of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, in 2007.[107]
  • Mindbridge, a software company, announced in September 2007 that it had migrated a large number of Windows servers onto a smaller number of Linux servers and a few BSD servers. It claims to have saved "bunches of money."[108]
  • Virgin America, the low cost U.S. airline, uses Linux to power its in-flight entertainment system, RED.[109]
  • Amazon.com, the US based mail-order retailer, uses Linux "in nearly every corner of its business".[110]
  • Google uses a version of Ubuntu internally nicknamed Goobuntu.[111][112][113][114]
  • IBM does extensive development work for Linux and also uses it on desktops and servers internally.[115] The company also created a TV advertising campaign: IBM supports Linux 100%.[116]
  • Wikimedia Foundation moved to running its Wikipedia servers on Ubuntu in late 2008, after having previously used a combination of Red Hat and Fedora.[117]
  • DreamWorks Animation adopted the use of Linux since 2001, and uses more than 1,000 Linux desktops and more than 3,000 Linux servers.[118][119][120]
  • The Chicago Mercantile Exchange employs an all-Linux computing infrastructure and has used it to process over a quadrillion dollars worth of financial transactions[121][122]
  • The Chi-X pan-European equity exchange runs its MarketPrizm trading platform software on Linux.[122]
  • The London Stock Exchange uses the Linux-based MillenniumIT Millennium Exchange software for its trading platform and predicts that moving to Linux from Windows will give it an annual cost savings of at least £10 million ($14.7 million) from 2011–12.[123][124]
  • The New York Stock Exchange uses Linux to run its trading applications.[122]
  • Mobexpert Group, the leading furniture manufacturer and retailer in Romania, extensively uses Linux, LibreOffice and other Free Software in its data communications and processing systems, including some desktops.[125]
  • American electronic music composer Kim Cascone migrated from Apple Mac to Ubuntu for his music studio, performance use and administration in 2009.[126]
  • Laughing Boy Records under the direction of owner Geoff Beasley switched from doing audio recording on Windows to Linux in 2004 as a result of Windows spyware problems.[127]
  • Nav Canada's new Internet Flight Planning System for roll-out in 2011, is written in Python and runs on Red Hat Linux.[128]
  • Electrolux Frigidaire Infinity i-kitchen is a "smart appliance" refrigerator that uses a Linux operating system, running on an embedded 400 MHz Freescale i.MX25 processor with 128 MB of RAM and a 480×800 touch panel.[129]
  • DukeJets LLC (USA) and Duke Jets Ltd. (Canada), air charter brokerage companies, switched from Windows to Ubuntu Linux in 2012.[130]
  • Banco do Brasil, the biggest bank in Brazil, has moved nearly all desktops to Linux, except some corporate ones and a few that are need to operate some specific hardware. They began migration of their servers to Linux in 2002. Branch servers and ATMs all run Linux. The distribution of choice is OpenSuse 11.2.[131][132]
  • KLM, the Royal Aviation Company of the Netherlands, uses Linux on the OSS-based version of its KLM WebFarm.[133]
  • Ocado, the online supermarket, uses Linux in its data centres.[134]
  • Kazi Farms Group, a large poultry and food company in Bangladesh, migrated 650 computers to Linux.[135]
  • Zando Computer, an IT consulting company located in Bucharest, Romania uses Linux for its business needs (server and desktop). The company recommends to its clients and actively deploys Linux, LibreOffice (OpenDocument format solutions) and other categories of Free Software.[136]
  • Nvidia, at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show, company CEO Jen-Hsun Huang made his extensive presentations using Ubuntu Linux.[137]
Scientific institutions


The IBM Roadrunner, the world's third fastest supercomputer operated by the US National Nuclear Security Administration, uses Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Fedora as its operating systems.
 
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The London Stock Exchange’s move to Novell SUSE Linux based systems and a new matching engine written in C++ – set live on its main market on 14 February 2011 – was a major decision taken shortly after the appointment of a new chief executive two years ago. The systems replace a Microsoft .Net setup, with programs written in C# and running on Microsoft Windows Server and SQL Server.

February 2009

Xavier Rolet takes up the post of CEO in February 2009, following a spate of high profile outages on the LSE’s network, and as he begins the job he quickly states an intention to improve the exchange’s market position against specialist electronic rivals.

The appointment comes five months after an almost an almost eight hour outage on the LSE’s cash markets as a result of technical problems.


June 2009

Reports first emerge that the LSE plans to dump TradElect, its main technology platform that it had spent £40 million upgrading in 2007. The LSE had maintained that TradElect was not responsible for the September 2008 outage.
http://www.computerworlduk.com/it-vendors/london-stock-exchange-the-road-to-linux-3260982/

All the worlds Stock Markets kicked out MS and now run on some version of linux.

Interesting that an organisation as financially shrewd as the LSE would dump £40 million pounds worth of newly upgraded MS software after a couple of years and that the person responsible for deciding to use it left the LSE under suspicious circumstances. An then there is the mysterious glitch that occurred with the new software just before it was rolled out which the police are investigating.
The entire story would make a great movie. :lol:
 
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Doesn't matter what Operating System you use, everybody uses Linux. :)
The fact Android is the #1 mobile operating system further enhances this point. ^^

But seriously though, Linux is used on nearly every professional server, and anyone with an Internet connection would have used Linux at some point. This statement is absolutely correct.
 

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The fact Android is the #1 mobile operating system further enhances this point. ^^

But seriously though, Linux is used on nearly every professional server, and anyone with an Internet connection would have used Linux at some point. This statement is absolutely correct.
It is also interesting that over 99% of the top 500 super computers run on some variant of linux today.

By the end of the 20th century, Linux was estimated to command the highest share of the supercomputing pie.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supercomputer_operating_systems

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How come individuals like me get suckered in, when you purchase a PC or like me build your own there is already a Microsoft OS on the PC or have to buy one. When I was working I worked in a IT section of Kent County Council (I was the site manager(caretaker) and all the PC ran Microsoft and they did not know about Linux Distro's or if they did they thought Linux was for Geeks. I know that Linux Distro's have become more mainstream and easier to use over the last few years and that command line is less necessary, I have only used it twice since converting to Linux Mint Cinnamon.
I always thought there was only two OS Microsoft and Apple and as I have only really previously heard of Linux distros since becoming a member of PC Review and become liberated at the end of December 2015. Thank you PC Review especially Abarbarian .:thumb::user::thumb:
 
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How come individuals like me get suckered in, when you purchase a PC or like me build your own there is already a Microsoft OS on the PC or have to buy one. When I was working I worked in a IT section of Kent County Council (I was the site manager(caretaker) and all the PC ran Microsoft and they did not know about Linux Distro's or if they did they thought Linux was for Geeks. I know that Linux Distro's have become more mainstream and easier to use over the last few years and that command line is less necessary, I have only used it twice since converting to Linux Mint Cinnamon.
I always thought there was only two OS Microsoft and Apple and as I have only really previously heard of Linux distros since becoming a member of PC Review and become liberated at the end of December 2015. Thank you PC Review especially Abarbarian .:thumb::user::thumb:
I don't post much but I remember when you switched. You went Linux, came back to Windows due to an issue/frustration, but then went to Linux again. Mint was what eventually turned it around for you, I think. It was a very common switch experience and it was interesting to observe. I wish I could switch, but the hardware and software support is so lackluster. Your experience gives me hope that one day I can leave this Win10 mess behind.
 

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@Core I am puzzled by your reply.

What do you mean by "lackluster hardware support" can you give some concrete examples ?

Also you state that there is " lackluster support" for software what do you mean by that ? Once again can you give concrete examples ?

For the average home user linux does provide every type of software that they can possibly need.For business users their needs are similarly catered for. Naturally there are not always alternatives for Windows and Apple only products though many Windows programs could be run with full functionality through WINE or CrossOver.

http://alternativeto.net/platform/linux/

Making broad statements with out providing evidence to support them is not useful in an adult discussion of a topic. In my humble opinion. :cool:
 

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Making broad statements with out providing evidence to support them is not useful in an adult discussion of a topic. In my humble opinion. :cool:
You are absolutely correct. I really should have been more careful with my phrasing, as I was referring to personal experiences and not trying to make universal statements.

For me it is less of an issue with Linux as a platform as it is with third-party vendors electing not to support it. Yes, I can click on icons with my 130-euro gaming mouse or answer email on my 170-euro mechanical gaming keyboard, same as I could with crappy 10-euro ones. Logitech hasn't seen fit to release LGS for Linux so forget about setting keybinds or macros.

I primarily play RvR in GW2 and Skyrim SE. Both can launch in WINE but performance is unplayable.

No EAS-capable email client equivalent of Outlook. Doesn't seem to have changed.

iTunes. 'Nuff said. I have 3 iDevices and an AppleTV.

Acrobat Pro, Lightroom. No equivalent.

Evernote. No client, just a web wrapper.

I gave up waiting for AMD to support R9 270 with AMDGPU. I don't want to run the radeon driver they replaced fglrx with because it's garbage.
 

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I want to switch. I do. Whenever I use Antergos I feel like it's a breeze of fresh air with endless possibilities.

I just need to find the many ways in which I can do things with it that I can't already. The things that improve my experience, rather than a plethora of workarounds to try to maintain the same level of convenience.

I have watched so many videos and read a lot of articles about "why switch" in an effort to prove it to myself that I am not downgrading my computing by doing so. But I come across the same PR speeches about how it's free and how I can read the whole 800,000 pages of kernel code myself if I want... Yeah okay. I need something else... I have that lightbulb above my head that you see in cartoons; I just need something to flick it on.
 
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Well, here we go again.... /sigh. Let's see how long I last this time :user:
 

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Just take it steady and you will be ok, any problems just give us a shout.:thumb::user:
 

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@Core Hmm not sure what you can and can not do for iTunes on linux.

Almost five years ago I set my niece up with linux on a stick and included Amarock
which she used to do something with iTunes. She seemed happy with using it but I have no idea what she did.

From the comments section of this article are a couple of promising leads that may be of interest to you.

http://fossforce.com/2016/07/linux-itunes-replacement/

Great review of some options.
It’s humorous to me because I left OSX 10+ years ago BECAUSE of iTunes and how hideous it was. I didn’t like the way Apple forced you to use iTunes to manage your iPod–I found Rockbox, put it on the iPod, and tasted FOSS freedom. Linux came right after.
I don’t have a device (Apple or other) that needs iTunes syncing, however I’ve been researching how to download selected individual podcasts from there. Unfortunately some clueless folks insist on ONLY posting on iTunes.

I just discovered a package named tunesviewer that will let you do just that. UI is a little clunky but it does the job. Once downloaded, I burn the tracks onto CD/RW for use in my automobile player that doesn’t read flash drives.
As for gaming I dual boot with Windows 7 and Arch and have no problems as I only p[lay well documented games that run well on Arch and all the rest on Windows.

The Arch Wiki has some information on GW2

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Guild_Wars_2

https://appdb.winehq.org/objectManager.php?sClass=version&iId=26558

Apparently GW2 plays better with a Nvidia card but then again a Nvidia card is generally better for gaming all round.

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@Core No idea what this is or does, " No EAS-capable email client equivalent of Outlook. Doesn't seem to have changed."

However a quick Google threw up this,

Evolution was long the main competitor to Thunderbird, and while its a good program, Thunderbird ousting it as the default Ubuntu client has made it pretty unnecessary. If you want an all-in-one email and calendar solution, Evolution might be worth a look, since Lightning (Thunderbird's calendar add-on) isn't necessarily the best around. Other than that, it's still a good client—it performs well, has some useful add-ons, and an okay interface, it's just that Thunderbird does all these things a little bit better in our opinion. Still, it's definitely worth a look, especially if you're using a distribution that still integrates Evolution with the desktop. It's also the only client here that supports Microsoft Exchange, so if you need that, Evolution's your winner.
http://lifehacker.com/5871840/the-best-email-client-for-linux

https://wiki.gnome.org/Apps/Evolution

The Life hacker article is from 2011 so things may well have progressed since then. :rolleyes:

As to the other programs I have no idea what you use them for but there will be programs that do pretty much the same things.

Never used Antergos meself as I am a vanilla Arch user. I know some folk who use it or have tested it as a working install and they have good things to say about it. If you need some Arch specific help I will always try to help out and if my limited knowledge runs out I can direct you to some really clever Arch users who are most helpful.
Why not make a thread here dedicated to your experiences if you have the spare time.
:cool:
 

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