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Tux and the God Particle
CERN team member gives Linux a shout out
Linux is getting some credit from at least one CERN staff member for its participation in the tentatively successful find of the Higgs Boson particle this week.
CERN scientists at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) announced yesterday that the 45-year search for the particle, which will fill in a vital piece of the Standard Model that is used to describe the workings of the observable universe, may have finally culminated in success.
One CERN physicist, though, went out of his way to give Linux some credit where credit is due, and posted a complimentary thanks to the operating system on Reddit.
“I don’t see any CERN related things here, so I want to mention how Linux (specifically, Scientific Linux and Ubuntu) had a vital role in the discovery of the new boson at CERN,” wrote Reddit user d3pd. “We use it every day in our analyses, together with hosts of open software, such as ROOT, and it plays a major role in the running of our networks of computers (in the grid etc.) used for the intensive work in our calculations.”