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The Evolving Role of the Data Engineer

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Operating System Support Microsoft Windows has been the operating system of choice for most businesses and other organizations for decades, although Unix made inroads during the 1980s. The stabilization of GNU/Linux in the 1990s brought a Unix-style operating system back into the mainstream. All of the big data tools discussed in this report were created by organizations firmly embedded in the world of Linux as well as other free and open source software. So if you work with the tools in this report, you are likely to end up on Linux systems and will need to get to know them well. Some of the tools release versions for other operating systems, but these should be considered ports of the original Linux version. They prob‐ ably have not been tested as well as the Linux versions and probably will suffer from bugs and oddities. Best Practices for Managing Resources | 55

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