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Here's an article that covers this in some depth.
The Higgs Boson: Another Feather in Linux's Cap
""I want to mention how Linux (specifically, Scientific Linux and Ubuntu) had a vital role in the discovery of the new boson at CERN," reads a quote by an unnamed physicist at CERN in the Ubuntu Vibes article.
"We use it every day in our analyses, together with hosts of open software, such as ROOT, and it plays a major role in the running of our networks of computers (in the grid etc.) used for the intensive work in our calculations," the official adds.
"Yesterday's extremely important discovery has given us new information about how reality works at a very fundamental level and this is one physicist throwing Linux some love," the quote concludes."