ENIAC did not run for more than five days at a time before one of its 18,000 vacuum tubes burned out. Later, transistors and integrated circuits would enable computers to run for years without a breakdown.
The "bugs" that affect modern users are not mechanical failures, but rather subtle flaws in operating system and application software. During the rise of personal computers, users became so accustomed to fixing problems by restarting their systems that a special 3-key sequence (Ctrl-Alt-Del) was created for that purpose.
Microsoft users continue to be plagued with the infamous "Blue Screen of Death", such as the one broadcast to hundreds of millions of viewers around the world during the opening of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Unlike personal computers, which are operated by a single person for a few hours a day, supercomputers have thousands of users and must operate flawlessly, around the clock, sometimes working on a single problem for months at a time.
Over 87% of the top 500 fastest supercomputers in the world use Linux for their operating system, including the most powerful supercomputer in the world, the "Roadrunner" at Los Alamos National Laboratories. When it comes down to speed and reliability, there is no contest, Linux is the number one choice. Linux drives the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), Google, and Amazon.com, and is freely available for organizations of any size.
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