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    Hi

    This is a nice example, however I have to emphasize that
    the device in question is used to retrieve and analyse
    data from ICD's and pacemakers, and to make programmatic
    changes to them. Linux is not running on ICD's and pacemakers
    themselves.

    The choice for linux does, however, show other advantages
    of linux[1]:
    According to an IBM spokesperson, IBM selected Linux
    "because of its availability of rich open source applications,
    and its ability to meet certain real-time response requirements.
    Cost also played a large factor, as well as access to the open
    source community for support (versus depending on a single company
    for support)."

    The IBM spokesperson added, "Linux provides complete flexibility
    to modify the way we want to run the OS."
    If cost is so much of an issue, I am wondering how critical this
    device actually is (see above)


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    [1] http://www.linuxdevices.com/articles/AT2024685245.html
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    Lol, the idea is the same though. Stream lining has always been a strength of *NIX based stuff

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    If being used on devices where someone's life is at stake is a characteristic of a stable OS... doesn't the Navy have a bunch of carriers running Windows?

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    Yea, that's why their Blue Screen of Death generally means the ship itself is sinking

    Wollt Ihr das Bett in Flammen Sehen?

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    Gore, when you started this thread were you just considered desktop, general usage; secure server usage or general server usage (whether enterprise or smaller)? I ask because I've recently come to really be impressed with ESX 2.5.x (although 3 will come out and life will change all over again). I know of one client who has had his ESX server up for over 800 days (rather impressive for a system connected to SAN and running other OSes on it).
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    MsMittens:

    I'll say anything goes on the fact that there are, as it seems anyway, a lot of OSs I've never heard of being mentioned.

    And you know me, heh, Show me an OS I haven't used once and find me a copy to play with.

    ESX for example I just heard about today from you. Another one is from HP which I had never even heard of. I was looking over some stuff and saw HP talking about their High availability systems and servers and they run a Custom Kernel I'd never heard of before.

    Obviously I can't use it here, I have PCs only, and don't have the cash to spend on a box like that. Not only do I not run anything that would need that but the money issue is there.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inferno...ting_system%29

    I've heard of this before, but again, I haven't been playing with it.

    Something not on Wiki, is the DOS from the 1960's. I've yet to find much info on it. I only know it existed. Microsoft took the name for MS-DOS and PC-DOS.

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    Hey, gore what about the RISC OS?

    Gets used (even today) for embedded stuff? which is what I expect that life support is mostly about?

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    I have absolutely no experience with it, but I hear good things about MacOSX. Not advocating...just mentioning.
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    Inferno, eh? Sounds neat. I'll play with that when I have some time.
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