[linux-elitists] System-wide certification key (equivalent of root access)

Don Marti dmarti@zgp.org
Tue Jan 22 09:40:53 PST 2002

begin Dan Wilder quotation of Tue, Jan 22, 2002 at 08:56:09AM -0800:

> Presuming you actually _checked_ the signature at load time,
> you'd catch a lot of problems with what Don Marti calls
> "Windows Grade Hardware".  

Jason Collins came up with this term and it appeared in print in
Linux Journal in 2000.  The basic point is that if you're designing
hardware to run an OS that fails every n hours, there's no incentive
to improve it if it only fails every 10n hours.  (This might be
changing, though.  Windows 2000 is said to be capable of prolonged
uptimes -- call it the Mussolini's railroad of OSs.)

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