[Accessibility] Linux stats plus science/engineering apps

Janina Sajka janina at rednote.net
Thu Apr 22 07:18:16 PDT 2004

Excellent, John! Thanks. I think we can definitely use some of this. I'm thinking of that list of scientific/engineering applications.

John Goldthwaite writes:
> The research librarian is looking into academic market share stats.  Here
> are some I found on Lexus-Nexus.
> Bill Roberts, Electronic Business, February 1, 2004, Business
> Trends-Operating Systems; Pg. 17,
> Al Gillen, an analyst at International Data Corp. who follows the OS market,
> says Linux accounted for only 2.8 percent of worldwide paid desktop OS
> shipments in 2002. All variations of Windows accounted for 93.8 percent of
> worldwide paid shipments.  The key word is paid. Linux backers point out
> that the Linux distributed for a fee by vendors such as SuSE Linux is just a
> slice--how big is anyone's guess--of the total number of Linux desktops. Sam
> Hiser, marketing project leader for OpenOffice.org, which supports the
> OpenOffice suite, argues that most users download Linux and OpenOffice free
> from one of dozens of Web sites. "Linux being Linux, you can't track
> shipments," he asserts. "Many are simply handed across work groups on CDs
> that people burn."
> And by yearend 2003, according to IDC, Linux will have surpassed Apple's Mac
> OS, which has 2.9% of the market, as the second most popular operating
> system.
> E-Week, Feb. 2, 2004 p.16
> Universities Speed Up Open-Source Plans;
> BYLINE: Caron Carlson
> In the hopes of gaining more control over their infrastructure, more
> university IT administrators are accelerating plans to migrate to
> open-source technology in the data center.  George Washington University,
> for one, is in the process of removing Microsoft Corp. technology from its
> data centers and replacing it with Linux, primarily because of the cost and
> burden of security patching, said David Swartz, CIO at GWU, in Washington.
> Swartz spoke at a ComNet Conference & Expo panel here last week. "We're
> doing this as soon as possible. I want it done in three months, which
> translates to about one year," Swartz said. "A lot of my folks would like to
> drive more and more toward open source."
>     * http://www.computer.org/cse/    http://www.linuxjournal.com/
> http://www.comsoc.org/vancouver/scieng.html#2
> Many vendors of science and engineering software have ported their software
> to Linux in recent years.  Here are just a few examples:
>     * Math: MATLAB (S), Maple V (S),  Mathematica (S), Macsyma, AXIOM,
>     * Spatial or Image Data: IDL, ENVI, TNTmips, TNTlite*, PCI Imagehandler*
>     * Fortran/C/C++ compilers:  Cygnus, Fujitsu, Absoft, NAG, Portland
> Group,
>     * Lab Automation: National Instruments LabView
>     * Document Processing: FrameMaker
> Scientific Applications on Linux  (SAL),
>           o http://sal.kachinatech.com/
> Linux Labs Project,
>           o http://obelix.chemie.fu-berlin.de/
> Open Source Remote Sensing Effort,
>           o http://www.remotesensing.org/
>  StatLib
>           o http://lib.stat.cmu.edu/
> Stat Codes
>           o http://www.astro.psu.edu/statcodes/
> Linux Resources for High Energy Physics
>           o http://hepwww.ph.qmw.ac.uk/HEPpc/
> Astronomical Software on Linux
>           o http://bima.astro.umd.edu/nemo/linuxastro/
> ACEDB - Genome Database Software
>           o http://probe.nalusda.gov:8000/aboutacedbsoft.html
> Linux at FERMI LAB
>           o http://www-oss.fnal.gov/fss/documentation/linux/
> Linux and Chemistry
>           o http://chpc06.ch.unito.it/chem_linux.html
> Linux4Chemistry
>           o http://zeus.polsl.gliwice.pl/~nikodem/linux4chemistry.html
> Linux for X-ray Astronomers
>           o http://lheawww.gsfc.nasa.gov/users/ebisawa/linux.html
> http://www.openscience.org/
> The OpenScience project is dedicated to writing and releasing free and Open
> Source  scientific software. We are a group of scientists, mathematicians
> and engineers who want to encourage a collaborative environment in which
> science can be pursued by anyone who is inspired to discover something new
> about the natural world. mostly Java
> http://portal.ncsa.uiuc.edu/SJK/appearances/dtf/computerworld.html
>  Linux supercomputing grid unveiled for science use
> The National Science Foundation (NSF) yesterday announced a $53 million
> project to connect a series of remotely located powerful computers into a
> high-speed Linux supercomputer grid that could open vast new opportunities
> for scientific and medical breakthroughs. Called the Distributed Terascale
> Facility, the project will link powerful servers running Linux into a
> high-speed grid that will allow researchers to use all the computing
> resources they need, regardless of where the servers are located. At their
> disposal will be computing power of huge proportions, with a total of 8.1
> TFLOPS and the ability to perform 13.6-trillion calculations per second.
> http://www.linuxinsider.com/perl/story/33365.html
> Japanese scientists have built their largest distributed-computing grid yet,
> a Linux-based supercluster that performs 11 trillion floating operations per
> second, at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and
> Technology (AIST)
> As Japan's largest public research organization, AIST is charged with the
> mission of research and development in industrial science and technology, as
> well as undertaking complex geological surveys, setting measurement
> standards and developing technological applications for the private sector.
> John Goldthwaite
> Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access, Georgia Tech
> john.goldthwaite at catea.org
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				Janina Sajka, Director
				Technology Research and Development
				Governmental Relations Group
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