Red Hat has announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) saved the federal government more than $15 million in datacenter operating and upgrading costs by migrating to Red Hat Enterprise Linux. The FAA executed a major systems migration to Red Hat Enterprise Linux in one-third of the original scheduled time and with 30 percent more operational efficiency than the previous system."
Hmm, what horrid (and expensive) system did they migrate from? Actually, it's not clear, but most speculate that it was from a combination of Unix and Windows machines. And why would anybody want to do that?
The recent shutdown of LAX due to an FAA radio outage was apparently caused by a Windows 2000 integration flaw, possibility related to an old Windows 95 bug.
unix isn't SOOO horrible - it's what we were still using at hopkins when i was a freshman and sophomore there ;-)
comment by Kar, 5/02/2006 9:38 AM
I agree, there isn't anything wrong with Unix. It's what every current flavor of Linux (cough, Mac OS X) is essentially built on. The only problem is that just running a pure version of Unix means you are using something designed 30+ years ago, which, in computer terms is more like 100 years ago. However, using Winblows is a different story. It's old AND it sucks. (*insert punchline here about old things that suck*).