[Beowulf] Linux laptops, and M$ advertisement
Jeffrey B. Layton
laytonjb at charter.net
Tue Apr 17 12:20:03 EDT 2007
Peter St. John wrote:
> > The ad is
> > The testamonials all seem to be equivalent to "I"m a PhD in Rocket
> > Science but setting up a Linux Cluster is too complex, so using
> MS saves
> Yeah, well ...
> > me time to do Rocket Science". None of them mention if their MS
> > were in any way subsidized by MS. Also, I assume that
> essentially they
> Lets ask CTC, UIUC and others.
> Yes yes. That's what I've been trying to drive at. I'd like to see
> someone (not necessarily an aeronautical engineer, but generally, a
> Rocket Scientist Type) write in (to us) and say, "we had a capital
> improvement budget of $X and a operationg budget projection of $Y/yr
> to compute simulations of combing the hair on fibre bundles on worm
> holes, and we chose Microsoft Cluster Clux, spending Z per node on
> licensing and hardware ABC, and we believe this is economical compared
> to Linux Flavor Du Jour X.3 on hardware DEF because of ..." etc. As
> opposed to someone receiving a kajillion dollars of equipment at their
> non-profit lab and understandably responding with a quotable thank-you
> note. Not that that is what happened in all the testimonial cases
> cited, I wouldn't know.
> I think we should make a video (RGB can write the script) with
> interviews and demos from a bunch of Rocket Science places, and pitch
> it to the History Channel ("Modern Marvels") or the Discovery Channel
> or someplace, to raise money for a Refactor Linux Before the Imminent
> Singularity project.
Being one of those proverbial "Rocket Scientists" I can give some
not about Microsoft per say, but about older large HPC vendors. Also, I
some evidence about Linux desktops vs. Microsoft desktops. :)
P.S. My kids love to tell their friends that I'm a "Rocket Scientist".
wife does as well. Of course I get no respect from anyone in the house :)
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