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Worlds largest physics project kicks off its operation by allowing the first light beam through its $10 billion LHC accelerator. There is an interesting news for Free and OpenSource software enthusiasts. Believe it  or not Large Hadron Collider (LHC) runs on “Linux”.

Image: View of the Computer Center during the installation of servers. (Maximilien Brice; Claudia Marcelloni, © CERN) Source:

Yes, CERN is running a custom Linux distribution called CernVM inside the LHC Computing Grid (LCG - Its one of the Scientific Linux distribution running directly on the hardware.

The core reason behind choosing Linux for LHC is that, its not at a risk from the blue screen of death.

Following information has been revealed by Sean Michael Kerne on

CERN itself is no stranger to Linux and is one of the lead backers of the Scientific Linux distribution, which is a recompiled version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

VMWare also powers LHC Computing Grid:
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