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LinuxWorld.com: Virtual case study: How an airline can find efficiency with Unix

Jan 08, 2002, 16:40 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Murphy)
"Author Paul Murphy's 'A strategic comparison of Windows vs. Unix' suggested that Unix is usually a smarter business choice than Windows. The first article in this series, 'Virtual case study: Cutting IT costs with Unix,' looked at what it took to implement that knowledge at a manufacturing firm. In 'Saving a small software developer with Linux ', he showed how an ISV could save its customers money, and itself from ruin. In this installment, we look at how an airline can increase flexibility with a Unix-based Real-Time Airline Operating System.

Editor's note : The following scenario is that of a consultant brought in early in the business planning cycle for a new airline. Unlike the other articles in this series, this example does not reflect the author's real-world consulting experience. Murphy worked for an airline, but nothing on this scale. SafetyJet is a wholly imaginary company constructed solely to illustrate three outstanding Unix characteristics:

1. Massive scalability.
2. Very high reliability.
3. The ability to use maintenance-free smart displays.

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