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My comment on "hobbyist"...
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, May 09 2013 @ 05:03 PM EDT

... was as a direct jab at MS' FUD - yup!

I can't imagine any way MS could claim the International Space Station as a hobbyist's platform - and given the decision to use Linux, as opposed to MS, it's gotta be a pretty good slap in the fudface.

MS began with the hobbyist as a target
Of that I'm not so sure.... began by Bill Gates, a hobbyist - that rings closer to the truth for me.
security, reliability, and efficiency have never really progressed beyond the hobby-grade level; it's a toy operating system
100% agreed.
Using Windows on the ISS
I was actually shocked upon reading this. I'd thought they'd been using Linux on the ISS from the begining. Of course I'm still not sure of what was upgraded. Given the reports I've read, I'm under the impression:
    A: the primary ISS systems have always been Linux
    B: for whatever reason, some of the visitors have used MS laptops and are converting to Linux on the laptop
I didn't get into FOSS for the philosophy;
I did. For me, I saw where MS' EULA was going and didn't like it. As a result, I looked for an alternative to which I could agree to the license terms. Needless to say I've been using Linux since '98 and installing an upgrade to Gentoo at the moment.

For myself, the high level of quality is a pretty thick layer of icing on the cake. If the quality wasn't there, I'd probably be busy fixing the code and installing a new system far less often :)

RAS

[ Reply to This | Parent | # ]

Linux is written by amateurs
Authored by: Wol on Friday, May 10 2013 @ 09:29 AM EDT
ie by people who love what they are doing.

Who give short shrift to the pro's attitude of "get it done, pocket the
money, where's the next job?"

Who *love* "doing it right".

And who have a bit of a pathological aversion to bovine excrement.

Cheers,
Wol

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