OT: Unix or UNIX or unix

Dotan Cohen dotancohen at gmail.com
Thu Jun 11 14:11:17 UTC 2009

> I don't think that you are familiar with banks either.
> The systems that *really* matter for accountability run on mainframes,
> usually with (Open)VMS as operating system.

You are right, I am not familiar with banks. I heard the little that I
know when discussing with a tech who was replacing all the
workstations in my old bank. He implied that the bank was MS from the
workstations up to the backend, whether mainframe or otherwise. The
ATMs did not belong to the bank, and do not count. From what the tech
said, all Israeli banks pretty much use the same MS stack, with the
applications pretty much all from one vendor. When I asked about the
lack of diversity being a potential security concern, he looked at me
like he had no idea what that could mean.

I also once read an article in an Israeli finance website which seemed
to imply exactly what the tech had said: the Israeli banking system is
MS from top to bottom.

Personally, I don't care. I'm not a zealot. But seeing the other
poster thinking that there are exactly two operating systems in the
world, each battling for domination, was ridiculous. Especially
thinking that the same OS (or the same Windows) that powers desktops
might be on banking mainframes.

Corrections and comments welcomed, please!

Dotan Cohen


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