what IT can learn from nature:
(src) mostly US users affected.
Big Business: Big Companies and Big Money can afford Big Staff to maintain and secure their products, but they also provide Big Infrastructure (AWS, Office) and thus a single point of failure that has high priority among attackers because of it’s big market share (big companies with big money using it).
Bernard Lietaer already said it:
if a system has too much focus on efficiency and too little on resilience – it get’s monolithic, monopolistic just as the monetary systems U$D and €UR are – but it also get’s very fragile.
which translated into:
common (GPL licenced?) formats (rtf, pdf, odt, doc) protocols (http, https, imap) standards yes – but no mono culture of software (one vs many mail providers, one vs many operating systems, one vs many Text Editors, one Mail program/server vs many Mail server).
Software mono culture means: a more fragile system with central point(s) of failure affecting the whole planet (Spectre Meltdown) = insecurity = instability = bad for the whole ecosystem.
capitalism wants interest 5% rates – the real economy can only pay those – when efficiency increases every year by at least 5% so capitalism actually demands fragile and thus very dangerous mono culture.
so the question is not: what is best: Ubuntu vs Mint vs Debian vs Fedora/RedHat/CentOS vs OpenSUSE vs Mandriva vs Arch Linux vs Trisquel vs Unix HURD vs FreeBSD vs OSX vs Windows 7 vs Windows 10 vs Windows XX.
the solution is:
- please continue to support many and please continue to use many (especially the Free Software and Open Source licensed one’s 🙂
- KISS more
- new more sustainable ways of conducting business need to be found.
- common standards (when they make sense like cars should transport people and maybe should have 4 wheels)
- avoid monoculture in hard- and software
- every country should have at least (partly state financed?) company that builds: Open Standards and Open Source (more or less smart) phones, CPUs, GPUs, mainboards, RAM, servers, computers (more bio diversity in hardware)
- every country should have at least one (partly state financed?) company that creates their own OS.
- CEOs of computer companies NEED EXPERTISE in this field. (what one thought is common sense is not common sense for “the economy”!?)
wishlist for The Linux Standard:
- script cross os compatibility: scripts and other binaries fail when binaries are not at the same location accross distributions:
- /scripts/reboot.sh: Line 8: /usr/sbin/shutdown: File or Directory not found
- which shutdown
- which shutdown
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