Your own supercomputer and backing it up, pining for features of the past, worrying about passwords, and music tagging.
Kudos on the good supercomputing news for Linux. But, you did not mention how many of the server implementations are subscription or purchased based? I mention this because many things come and go quickly in the Linux environment. For example, Unity desktop is no longer supported on an Ubuntu release higher than 17.04, and Systemback isn’t supported after Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. I have used a Linux platform in my work for over 10 years (network vulnerability assessments and forensics). However, I haven’t converted my home computer to Linux.
I recently retired and was evaluating which OS to use for all my personal needs. I require security, stability, longevity, and support. The OS must work seamlessly on a mobile device such as a laptop. A touchscreen is not important. I have an issue with Linux OS platforms and user data recoverability and restoration (from one laptop to another similar but not identical laptop) in Linux. Ubuntu 16.04 LTS was fair. However, Systemback is no longer supported and Pinguy really was a step back. Rsync never really did work for me. I’m willing to pay a subscription fee or purchase amount for that which meets the aforementioned requirements.
I may sound like a heretic now, but if you want the same success in the home market as in the server market you may wish to go the route of (dare I say it) Apple and Microsoft. As for me, I will continue to play with Linux, but that’s all I’ll do with it until something changes. TimBever,viaemail
Let’s not forget DéjàDap, now known more simply as
Backup. It might be a little basic for your tastes but it’ll do the job of keeping your /home backed up and isn’t that what we’re really about? If rsync seemed to be more your thing there’s a framework called Backin
Time that utilises rsync, which could be worth a look. We should do a backup feature…
Those supercomputer complexes cost multi-millions to build and typically tend to be running their own builds of Linux. The current fastest Sunway TaihuLight (93 petaflops) is a Chinese project to demonstrate Chinese engineering excellence utilising its own SW26010 260core manycore RISC processor and Sunway RaiseOS Linux. Another example is the sixth ranked IBM Sequoia (17.1 petaflops) running a Power Architecture processor and uses RHEL, so likely will have some sort of service agreement with Red Hat. All of this is way above my paygrade, but I’m hoping to have a feature on Linux use in high-performance computing centres soon.
There’s a supercomputing arms race and China is definitely winning.