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I run a system that does databases backups of Sybase (on Solaris) and Microsoft SQL-server. Every night I backup about 400 databases, totalling about 2.5 TB. The single largest database is about 700 GB - backup done on the weekend. This is load-balanced across 2 Slackware Intel boxes (one is i9 cpu, and reports 24 cores, the other is xeon and reports 8 cores). The one machine has a 20 TB disk-array, which actually consists of 16 x 3TB drives, with 2 being hot-spares and the rest running under RAID-10. The other is the same, but has 2 TB disks, resulting in a 13 TB array. It never stops to amaze me how fast this is, and how reliable it is. After the dumps are complete, they get either compressed or deduplicated, and then sent to a remote server as well as to DLT tape for archival.
My client is one of the biggest investment houses on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, so this is critical stuff.
Personally I've run Slackware for about 15 years, coming from VectorLinux (about 2 years).
Yes, I use Slackware + Libreoffice, and Virtualbox with Windows 8 virtualized (just in case it appears some crazy file from MSOffice and seldom use it, I sometimes run the Win8 just for curiosity to see how it is, and to see the happiness that is use Slackware).
I don't even use MSOffice anymore. Kinda haven't since Office 2000 I think. Wife had a copy of Office 2007 Student, but she loaned it to a friend who lost it. Been using, pretty much, LibreOffice or OpenOffice ever since.
I've fairly much switched out all my retail software for open source, freeware, and free software alternatives, even on Windows. My Server 2012 OS was free through college efforts, all my software is free. Slackware was free and so was LFS and FreeBSD.
Hell, I can't even remember when I even last bought software, it's been so long. LOL! FOSS and Freeware both kinda have me spoiled.
We used Windows at work but we are allowed to create VMs for development work. I do most of the development and testing job in Slackware, and emails and other office stuff in Windows. Two monitors come in handy.
I think, for 40+ developers (with or without VM), I'm the only one who used Slackware
Ugh - that is truly sad. I love my job/work/career. Every day is a pleasure to get up and conquer new challenges. The fact that I write software for a living contributes to that. I've always felt that the day I wake up and say "Oh damn - not another day of this" is the day I quit. Hasn't happened yet. And this is not by accident. I choose to use mainly open-source stuff at work. I've been instrumental in moving much of the programs onto Python and slipped in numerous Linux boxes to do useful things. My workplace has over 500 staff, and is part of a larger parent company of some 30 000. And I do not even have an Active Directory login !
Back in 2010, my company (http://www.microlinux.fr) has equipped the local school in town with a 100 % Slackware network. Two servers and roughly twenty desktop clients, complete with roaming profiles and central authentication for about sixty users.
Sorry for a mild hijack. Just curious - what do you use for roaming profiles and central authentication? I only use Slack on servers at client sites so far with Windows workstations (aside from my personal laptops) - and never dived into what tools are usually used for central authentication and roaming profiles on Linux.