CERN: Leaves Microsoft for Open Source Software

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The truth is, most of us don't use open source software every day. Even at CERN, one of the world's greatest research institutions, they don't. At CERN runs the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the largest particles in the world.

But on the desktops of the research center they use Microsoft programs, as do many others computers around the world. This will change very soon.


A year ago, CERN launched the Microsoft Alternatives project (MAlt). The name says it all.

CERN wants to escape Microsoft programs for a very good reason: To save money.

Iban Eguia, a CERN software engineer, posted a tweet:

"At @CERN, we are stopping @Microsoft products due to increases in licenses for our research lab. We will try to use open source software as much as possible :) “

Emmanuel Ormancey, a CERN analyst, explained that commercial software licenses, with a fee-per-user structure, are no longer accessible to CERN. For decades, CERN has been able to afford Microsoft programs because it paid a percentage of "academic institutions" at a discount.

Recently, however, Microsoft revoked CERN's academic licenses and replaced them with one contract per user.

This has increased the cost of licenses too much.

Thus, CERN launched the Microsoft Alternatives (MAlt) project, with the initial goal of “exploring the transition from commercial software products (Microsoft and others) to open source solutions in order to minimize of CERN on the risks of unsustainable trade agreements”.

More generally, the objectives of the project are:

  • The same service in each CERN staff category
  • Avoid locksmiths to reduce the risk of addiction
  • Avoid leakage of data by telemetry
  • Address common usage cases

Mr Ormancey said:

"The first major change is the Pilot Mail service for the IT department and the volunteers this summer. This will be followed by the start of a software change at CERN. At the same time, some Skype for Business clients will migrate to a softphone telephony pilot. ”

The move to open source software is not easy, but CERN already has some experience in it and open source.

Στο σύννεφο, το CΕRN υποστηρίζει πάρα πολύ καιρό το OpenStack Infrastructure-as-a-Server (IaaS). Πριν από αυτό, το CERN σε με την Fermilab, είχε τη δική του διανομή Linux: το Linux. The two teams recently stopped developing the Scientific Linux, which was a clone Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). They did this because CentOS - a general-purpose Linux based on RHEL - is good enough for them.

CERN knows that change will not be easy.

"The Microsoft Alternatives project is ambitious, and it is a unique opportunity for CERN to demonstrate that basic services can be done without closed source software, so that the next generation of services can be adapted to the needs of the community," he said. Ormancey,

It would be good for companies that do not want Microsoft services to monitor MAlt. The Best Technology Site in Greecefgns

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