I had been waiting for this for a long time: London Stock Exchange is finally beginning its transition to Linux.
We know Linux works very well on super computers, and I am sure a lot of high-powered computers in finance that has similar characteristics to LSE’s system are on Linux. However, I still view this as a big test for Linux, because of the volume handled and the importance on the timeliness and fairness of distributing share information.
Critics of Windows Platform will now have a chance to prove their case, that Linux is more suitable for LSE than the .NET platform LSE was using. It will take a few years.
As for whether the migration prove that moving away from Windows to Linux is possible, I do not think it is a big news. For highly managed systems like LSE’s, it has always been possible.
Interestingly, this is one big chance for Sri Lanka to shows its computing prowess, since the system is developed in Sri Lanka.
Good luck to everyone involved.