finding the Higgs boson was done almost entirely with Linux

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in June this year, scientists from ATLAS and their colleagues from another CERN experiment, CMS, announced they had found probable evidence of the Higgs boson, an important sub-atomic particle whose existence has been theorised for half a century but has never been observed. The news was hailed by none other than Professor Brian Cox as "one of the most important scientific discoveries of all time".
And - putting aside the small matter of building the LHC itself - finding the Higgs was done almost entirely with Linux. indeed, many of the scientists we've spoken to say it couldn't have been done without it.
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