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Flying Linux

Location: D136 Level: Novice
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 8 ratings)

We all know that “Linux is better than Windows.” Few intelligent people would board a fly-by-wire airplane that was controlled by Microsoft Windows. So how about Linux? When your life is at stake, your attitudes change considerably. Better than Windows, yes—but better enough?

This talk will look at what it takes to make software truly mission critical and man-rated. We’ll go back to the earliest fly-by-wire systems—Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo—and look at such diverse (but critical!) issues such as compartmentalization, trojans and terrorism, auditing and accountability, bugs and boundary conditions, distributed authoring, and revision control. At the end of this talk, what you thought might be an easy answer will be seen to be not so easy :-)

Daniel V. Klein


Daniel Klein began his life of crime in 2nd grade, when he was caught with a pack of firecrackers. Since then his brushes with authority have been sporadic but relentless, but have not managed to deny him a security clearance, a job, or his well deserved reputation as an off-the-wall maverick. His computer experience has included simulation and process control, the internals of almost every Unix kernel released in the past 31 years, graphical user interface management systems, compilers, medical diagnostic systems, the 800 year history of drawing languages, Ada runtime kernels, a racetrack betting system, research into Unix password security, and oodles of CGI scripts. He holds a Masters of Applied Mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, and in his free time is a photographer, directs a professional a cappella group, and a member of an improv comedy troupe. Dan is a frequent invited speaker and tutorial instructor at USENIX, SANS, and assorted courtrooms and classrooms around the world.

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