posted on May, 15 2013 @ 08:15 AM
reply to post by ArMaP
I checked the OP, just to be sure but it seems the computers being replaced do more than just simple (or complex for that matter) database tasks. Even
so, database server licenses can cost a pretty penny and NASA being the cash-strapped (from what I gather) org that it is, a few thousand dollars
saved here and there could allow more pressing matters to be addressed. I can point to at least 3 opensource, commercial-grade databases that can all
do what Microsoft's SQL software can, off the top of my head.
As for source code, it would enable NASA engineers to "support themselves", instead of having to pay a company to look into their secret,
patent-protected, locked down tighter than Fort Knox, black box.
But regardless, good news for Linux, great news for Debian and hopefully the NASA users will notice an improvement too. I like Microsoft, they make
easy to use products that usually just work, no fiddling required. Unfortunately, it has taken many years of trials, fines, new legislation and
brow-beating to force Microsoft to be as "open" and co-operative towards other companies to get to where we are today. To say nothing of all the