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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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How Linux is Built

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While Linux is running our phones, friend requests, tweets, financial trades, ATMs and more, most of us don't know how it's actually built. This short video takes you inside the process by which the largest collaborative development project in the history of computing is organized.
Based on the annual report "Who Writes Linux," this is a powerful and inspiring story of how Linux has become a community-driven phenomenon.
More information about Linux and The Linux Foundation can be found at http://www.linuxfoundation.org and http://www.linux.com

The Story of Linux : Commemorating 20 Years of the Linux Operating System

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Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Linux with us. Watch the Story of Linux to remember - or learn for the first time - how Linux disrupted a market and has begun to change the world. Do you see yourself in its story?