[ubuntu-uk] Operating System Observation
mattmole at gmail.com
Thu Oct 11 06:51:50 BST 2007
I was using two examples. My software and the telescope software are
completely different. My software was written in visual studio so
could probably be ported. Unfortunately I am using a windows API for
the military bus protocol which would not work.
On 10/10/2007, Ian Pascoe <softy.lofty.ilp at btinternet.com> wrote:
> No gripes from me, just a bit of curiosity.
> The data sampling protocol you referred to, was it re-coded to work in Linux
> using a Linux IDE, or did you use something like the Mono Project to make it
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> Subject: [ubuntu-uk] Operating System Observation
> Hi All,
> Please note, I am merely telling you all about an observation I have
> made, I do not mean to cause a flame war.
> I am currently visiting one of the largest satellite building
> companies in Europe. I work for a large University in the UK on the
> same satellite project as the company I am visiting.
> When walking around the buildings every room has PCs running windows.
> All of the documents they produce are using word. This amazes me.
> Every four years all of the PCs are replaced (thousands of them), and
> the deal goes to a rather well know company.
> I can kind of understand using windows and office for office usage.
> Personally I don't do this, I use Ubuntu on my office PC and I also
> write all of my technical documents using LaTeX as I cannot abide the
> cross referencing tools on either Word or openoffice.org writer.
> I suppose in a way I have spat in the face of the people I work with,
> they all recommended I used windows and word, yet I have ignored it. I
> do not believe that I have caused any problems with document
> collaboration because some word docs do not open correctly in
> openoffice (they also dont open correctly on my VM using office), so I
> have to ask the original creator to make changes.
> I have written some software using visual studio and visual c++, this
> software acquires data from some hardware and dumps it to a binary
> file. My work is not particularly time critical. However, there is a
> piece of hardware we use that needs to convert from RS422 to another
> standard. Data is generated on the RS422 every 10ms, and conversion
> needs to take place within 30ms.
> The timings here are quite tight, and windows just cannot keep up. The
> amount of duff data we receive from the conversion unit because one
> never knows what windows is doing is unbelievable. The software for
> this unit was also written in visual studio using c#.
> The person writing this software uses Microsoft IDE, Microsoft
> Programming language and even a Microsoft Access database to store
> configuration information. It appears that his Uni degree was somehow
> linked to microsoft. I cannot understand why a simple text file would
> not be better to store the config data. There are not SO many fields
> that a database file is needed and if the format changes in future
> versions of Visual Studio, then this work could become useless.
> I also know of similar timing problems from a linux system. A
> telescope would not track correctly due to linux polling USB. The
> advantage though is that the solution was easier to find in Linux.
> I think the EC idea of unbundling windows from new PCs is a good one.
> I have shown at work that I can produce documents on a daily basis
> that are as good or better than those on windows with office. I wish
> more people would give it the chance, and also that they are allowed
> to give it the chance!
> Sorry for such a long message. I hope I do not cause arguments, this
> was not my intention!
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University of Birmingham - Graduate Technologist (Physics and Astronomy)
Personal Email - matt at mattmole.co.uk
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