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Choosing between portability and innovation

Choosing between portability and innovation

Posted Mar 3, 2011 18:06 UTC (Thu) by nix (subscriber, #2304)
In reply to: Choosing between portability and innovation by martinfick
Parent article: Choosing between portability and innovation

Well, yes, but that was in all descendants of a single implementation, wasn't it? (More relevant perhaps is cases where buggy algorithms have been implemented out of books into lots of unrelated programs.)


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Choosing between portability and innovation

Posted Mar 3, 2011 18:45 UTC (Thu) by martinfick (subscriber, #4455) [Link]

If windows inherited this bug from unix, I would say that there is just as good a chance that free unix implementations will inherit bugs from each other, if not a much greater one.

Choosing between portability and innovation

Posted Mar 3, 2011 22:58 UTC (Thu) by nix (subscriber, #2304) [Link]

Linux, almost uniquely, didn't use the BSD TCP stack. Windows did (for a long time, if not anymore).

So, no, unless it was an algorithmic error Linux would not have inherited the ping of death (at least not *that* ping of death).


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