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Tanenbaum outlines his vision for a grandma-proof OS   
Wednesday, January 24 2007 @ 02:27 PM EST
Contributed by: sde

"Is software reliability important? Ask your grandma," says operating system guru Dr Andrew Tanenbaum.

When consumers go to buy an electrical appliance such as a TV or stereo they expect to bring it home, plug it in and see it work. And it is exactly what happens -- for years on end. But not so with computers, even though it should, says Tanenbaum, author and Professor of Computer Science at Vrije Universiteit in Holland.

Tanenbaum used last week's linux.conf.au to introduce his new metric: LFs -- Lifetime Failures, which he says is the number of times software, particularly the operating system, has crashed in a user's lifetime.

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