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Very interesting: is there a reason thongs would need to be frequently replaced in Bulgaria ?
I would add to this thread a comment about certain vending machines in Tokyo, but I think describing them would be in very poor taste (even here on the Lounge).
“Humans are amphibians: half spirit, half animal; as spirits they belong to the eternal world; as animals they inhabit time. While their spirit can be directed to an eternal object, their bodies, passions, and imagination are in continual change, for to be in time, means to change. Their nearest approach to constancy is undulation: repeated return to a level from which they repeatedly fall back, a series of troughs and peaks.” C.S. Lewis
Well I can see 2 benefits for them (despite me being a Microsoft enthusiast!)
- Migrate from Windows XP to Linux, obviously cost mattered
- In house control (they said), well makes sense they probably can benefit from tailor made embedded system on their satelite in a way that was not available on Windows!
And while I think, for example, that WIndows 8 is a great technical achievement (UX not so much I agree), the benefit over Windows XP maybe do not matter that much in a a satelite hey!
Well.. obviously _you_ have no idea what you are talking about. Rob said OpenBSD, not FreeBSD (and while related, they are not the same). If you are going to tell someone that they are a fool, then maybe you shouldn't look like a fool yourself.
And what exactly is wrong with FreeBSD/OpenBSD/*BSD? Based on your obvious ignorance of BSD flavors, I doubt any answer you give would be creditable.
Are you autistic or something? It was an obvious typo. He could've written XYZ instead of OpenBSD, the answer would be the same: they're not upgrading their servers or other systems that would actually warrant and benefit from BSD features, but only a dozen of laptops onboard the ISS.
Hopefully you will understand that Debian is a much more natural choice for that.
Are you trying to insult me or bore me to death? Whatever it is, you're not doing it right. Try sounding less like you've just taken some gender studies course and maybe people will actually take you seriously.
Also don't bother responding or something like that, I'm off this site.
The real reason is ofc that their current support contractor has decided it likes penguin flavored koolaid more than the alternatives.
Did you ever see history portrayed as an old man with a wise brow and pulseless heart, waging all things in the balance of reason?
Is not rather the genius of history like an eternal, imploring maiden, full of fire, with a burning heart and flaming soul, humanly warm and humanly beautiful?
Training a telescope on one’s own belly button will only reveal lint. You like that? You go right on staring at it. I prefer looking at galaxies.
-- Sarah Hoyt
Do they then have to recompile the kernel of the space station each time a new astronaut is entering the ISS - or are they going to claim that the astronaut is not compatible because he is bashing around???
Since when is Linux immune to viruses? Linux generally has been much less of a target, but it is probably going to be a bigger target now on the ISS. Who was the idiot at NASA that forgot to scan the Russian's computer for viruses *before* the launch?
> Since when is Linux immune to viruses?
There is some merit in the argument that WIndows is a bigger target because of its popularity.
However, Linux and the other Unix variants have a different security model. By default, you have *no* permissions, and they are granted to you explicitly.
Windows until recently wasn't of that ilk.
Most desktop versions of Linux are designed around the fact that you don't need to be root for general work and for those other occasions there is sudo (or the GUI equivalents).
Windows is in the unfortunate situation of having to support a lot of backward compatibility with its earlier incarnations that had a more relaxed attitude to security. Microsoft have done quite a lot in recent times and fair play to them. But they can't fix the holes and keep complete compatibility without introducing a lot of complexity and that complexity creates further holes to exploit.
I can see good engineering reasons to choose Linux over Windows. If you need an OS that is minimal, can run solid compiled C code on dedicated devices, is dedicated to one or two specific primary tasks, then Linux makes good sense when you have the support people with the UNIX and C coding background. I can see where this is a common requirement in spacecraft systems. The Linux kernel is faster than the Windows kernel, but it is also less capable than the Windows kernel.
If you need efficient multithreaded and multitasking from the OS, then Windows may be a better choice.
Both represent good choices for the tasks that they each do best, and both represent safe and secure choices.
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