>I am consulting for a medical device company developing a life
>critical control application. I feel I am the lone voice of reason
>when I urge the development team to select Linux as the platform (i.e.
>open source, smaller footprint, increased reliability, etc). They are
>currently designing for NT - no code development yet so there is still
>time to save them :-)
Life-critical under NT?
I hope I never get hooked up to something like that.
I don't konw how you could even attempt to convince the FDA
that NT (or Linux for that matter) was reliable enough to do
something like that.
Or when you say "platform" do you mean the host and not the
Quote:>I need some reliable sources to bolster my argument. Anything will
>help - although good development support (de*s, documentation
>tools, etc) is something they see as lacking.
Development is where Linux shines. People have been tailoring
Unix as a development system for 30 years. Linux was _written_
by developers for their own use -- development is what Linux
does _best_. Thousands and thousands of people have been
hammering the bugs out of gcc and gdb for more than 10 years.
You've got three or four de* GUIs from which to chose (and
at least a dozen good editors) to pick from (show them nedit if
they like the windowy stuff). I've heard good things about
Kdevelop (though I haven't tried it).
If you want commercial support, there are IDEs, CodeWarrior,
GnuPro, and several other compiler vendors.
For documentation there's SGML, TeX, LaTeX, texinfo,
WordPerfect, Applix, StarOffice. For revision control, CVS is
probably the best (again, various GUIs available for multiple
We're not really sure what NT does best, but development sure
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