posted on Aug, 7 2004 @ 07:12 PM
Ok, you talk about MS Windows.... You say UNIX? You trust UNIX to run the plane any better?
Very smart of you! NOT!!!!
Personally, I would not trust any software to run a plane alone.
Someone mentioned reinstalling every few months... Wow, what do you do? My home PC has had windows installed in it since the 1 month XP came out.
Never a problem. How about learn about the OS you are using first.... I can recommend some good books if you like...... Windows XP for Dummies
I am in charge of Windows and UNIX (Solaris, HP-UX) machines. With the correct backup systems that would be in place, Windows/UNIX would be just as
stable. If not, then it is the fault of the person taking care of the machines. These machines of course would be tested and I am sure would have a
few redundant systems and abort capabilities if put into production. I am sure that a final production version would not use XP either, it would be
put on a server version which is much more stable. The biggest worry you would have you be a typo error in the coordinates or a programming bug in
the software guiding the plane. Lets not forget the GPS satellites that would probably be guiding this plane. Hopefully that does not go out. One
good solar flare and who knows where it would be going.
The OS is probably one of the least worries. But, just mention the Name Microsoft and you all get to have a field day, but the reality is that all
the products have their Good and Bad side. BTW... you all seem to loyal to products, but in the end, they are all just corporations trying to get you
to be loyal and take your money. They must keep their pockets lined and most of you are more than happy to join their side. Personally, I have a
Solaris box, Windows, and now a newly installed Linux system. They all have their weaknesses.. trust me.. My job involves a whole lot of testing in
[edit on 7-8-2004 by JCMinJapan]