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Maybe the latest software has more reliability than the old software. That's what the idea of patching is. Just because it's new doesn't mean it's unreliable. It depends on how well it was designed.

and maybe the new software has crippling bugs and it takes down entire server room causing massive monetary damage ... all because the custom software being used is specifically programed for windows xp 6 years ago.

the corporate and business world is soooooo different from the enthusiast and home user world.
Edited by cdoublejj - 5/15/13 at 7:26am
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Don't care. Its expected that they should be using the best and if that happens to be Linux then thats fine. I think it was a failure to use Windows to begin with. As far as I understand, they could build their own OS to suit their requirements. So lets see how it does. Security should also now be more beefed up.
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Don't care. Its expected that they should be using the best and if that happens to be Linux then thats fine. I think it was a failure to use Windows to begin with. As far as I understand, they could build their own OS to suit their requirements. So lets see how it does. Security should also now be more beefed up.
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Software dependency! Mac os and windows were the first end user... usable OS linux didn't really get the ball rolling till the mid 2000s.

thusly some of their software which is probably custom made became dependent on windows. I've seen this quite a few times.

"Best" is subjective in there case that would be whatever is the most stable FOR THEM. They are expected to use what works best for what they need. Not the latest patches and software.

You take what you know about computers and throw it out the window when it comes to commercial, corporate and specialized computing.
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Don't care. Its expected that they should be using the best and if that happens to be Linux then thats fine. I think it was a failure to use Windows to begin with. As far as I understand, they could build their own OS to suit their requirements. So lets see how it does. Security should also now be more beefed up.

I don't think security is too much of an issue, chances are all the software they use is bespoke and most systems won't be networked.

Or if they are networked, the bandwidth will be pretty terrible and any attacks are going to stick out like a sore thumb. This is a space station after all, its not like you can just point your WiFi card upwards and spoof being NASA.
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I don't think security is too much of an issue, chances are all the software they use is bespoke and most systems won't be networked.

Or if they are networked, the bandwidth will be pretty terrible and any attacks are going to stick out like a sore thumb. This is a space station after all, its not like you can just point your WiFi card upwards and spoof being NASA.

They did get a virus in 2008, actually.
    
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With most big setups like that they basically set up an inTRAnet and then there is specially server that is basically the gate keeper to the inTERnet and with special security software. That way the work stations don't have to have all the latest antivirus and security updates, or if they do, risk getting infected despite having the latest patches.
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They did get a virus in 2008, actually.

Haha, yea I remember that. I wonder if they got any good credentials off of them biggrin.gif
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They did get a virus in 2008, actually.

No ****? That's actually kind of awesome biggrin.gif

*EDIT: Ahh yeah, just googled it, some worm designed to steal computer game passwords went up on a few non-networked laptops.

Kind of disappointing, thought you meant they were intentionally targeted tongue.gif
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and maybe the new software has crippling bugs and it takes down entire server room causing massive monetary damage ... all because the custom software being used is specifically programed for windows xp 6 years ago.

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Yeah, maybe. This is why you do testing before you implement new software.
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Yeah, maybe. This is why you do testing before you implement new software.

So by your post I'm going to assume you are *THE* best QA Engineer on the planet, who is capable of fully testing a product suite in all conditions before launch?

Can I get your business card?
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