One of the most important developments in the history of computer science has been the GNU/Linux operating system, or just Linux as it is more commonly known. Linux is loosely a combination of the kernel started by Linus Torvalds and the GNU software libraries developed by the Free Software Foundation led by Richard Stallman. Thousands of other libraries and programs have been added in the 20 years since Linux started so that it has easily become the largest collaborative piece of software ever written. Only Wikipedia exceeds the GNU/Linux project in its community size, and Wikipedia is not software development.

Linux is the strongest example of how an open source software product, written purely by volunteers, can develop into an enterprise-quality, ultra-reliable masterpiece - and that is not an exaggeration by any means. Linux is the operating system of choice for the majority of corporate servers around the world, and its share of the desktop is also slowly but surely rising. For all of our customers, Systematic Computer Science recommends Linux whenever possible, although we fully recognize it may not be appropriate for organizations that are not ready.

Systematic Computer Science provides the following services for this technology:

  • technical consulting and training engagements
  • development and troubleshooting
  • maintenance and support contracts

We have used this technology for the following clients: King Faisal Specialist Hospital, King Fahd Medical City, Saudi Telecommunications Company.


Operating System and

Platforms: Linux is a platform

Language: C and C++, and others

License: many open source variants

Since: 1991