Linux Journal takes a look
at how OSS might have benefited the 1997 Mars Pathfinder mission.
"At first glance, this dialogue is merely interesting; I think every
hardware and software engineer/tinkerer should read them. On deeper
reflection, however, I was struck by something more. Although I assume it
was not their intention, the authors quite clearly demonstrate how
open-source software (OSS) and the OSS development model would have helped
this project enormously, not only in finding the bug but, in all
probability, preventing the bug in the first place. The extracts from these
e-mails and my comments below should make more sense to you after you've
read the original postings.
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