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The Linux Case Study was most definitely interesting to read. I found myself continuously surprised as I read through the article. Admittedly, I did start off with the Results section because I prefer to get straight to the answer. I am very impressed with the power of Linux! The facts that Linux is being chosen as nearly the only platform on which so many high-demanding tasks are performed is quite astounding. One thing that really caught my eye in this study was the section about Financial Markets. I have been an enthusiastic amateur investor for a few years now. I had absolutely no idea that the biggest financial exchange in the world, the New York Stock Exchange, ran on Linux system. According to , the Linux system running the NYSE can “generate 1.5 million quotes and process 250,000 orders every second, offering acknowledgements of each transactions within two milliseconds.”
Of course, it is not just the system running the NYSE that is so impressive. Linux has also nearly completely taken over the smart phone market in the form of the Android operating system. Before this class, I had no idea that Android was a Linux-based system. I am a huge fan of the Android system. I had an iPhone back when it was still on version 4. I made the switch to Samsung when I lived in Korea because iPhones were not as available as they are in the US. After making the initial switch, I have stuck with Samsung and Android through 4 different phones now. With the power of Linux, I am able to use my smart phone to conduct trading instantly from the comfort of my home.
The Linux Foundation, “The Linux kernel – the core of the Linux operating system – is the result of one of the largest and most successful cooperative software projects ever attempted,” The Linux Foundation, [Online]. Available: https://www.linuxfoundation.org/projects/case-studies/linux/. [Accessed 11 July 2020].
This case study is very informative. It is no surprise that Linux is one of the most sought-after OS in the world right now. But reading about the Linux OS history and its humble beginning is very intriguing. I learned that Cloud-Computing has more than 75% of cloud-enabled enterprises running Linux as their main cloud platform, and they expect to see a dramatic increase in Linux deployments to support the move to the cloud. I also learned that the Carrier Grade Linux (CGL) initiative launched in 2002, with UNIX leading the data center marketplace. This came as no surprise because the Linux OS is outstanding for performance, stability, and reliability. I also learned that the Linux OS is today being considered as the best option for carrier data center and cloud deployment.
Most interestingly is learning that in 2004 android launched the Linux-based smartphones. According to an android case study done by Weebly, Android is a Linux-based operating system designed primarily for touchscreen mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet computers, developed by Google in conjunction with the Open Handset Alliance. Linux being open-source, was used by Android developers. It came pre-built with an already maintained operating system kernel. Therefore manufacturers spend less to produce android smartphones. This could probably be the reason why android smart less expensive compare to iPhones. After conducting further research, I discovered that Android is built on top of Linux kernel 2.6. With all of this being said, it should be noted that the more substantial part of the android software is different from other features in the Linux shelf devices. For instance, Android does not include the GNU C Library that is used in the Linux distributions. Android doesn’t include all the standard GNU libraries; because of this, you can’t run Linux applications on Android. Linux is becoming the world’s most dominant OS.
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