grr. anti-unix fud in newspaper...

Dan Kegel dank at
Mon Oct 9 09:36:35 CDT 2006

This morning in the LA Times, the business section
had a big article on Airbus' woes, and blamed it
on the CAD software:,1,4119560.story?coll=la-headlines-business&ctrack=1&cset=true
"In designing the plane, German engineers in Hamburg
 used older versions of design software based on the
 Unix operating system while their counterparts in
 Toulouse ran a newer Windows software."
This drive-by blaming of the operating system (which
might be read by some as "unix is so crappy it can't
run the latest cad software")  I found less misleading
details online at
which said Airbus foolishly used Catia v4 in some locations
and Catia v5 at others even though their file formats
are incompatible, and didn't invest in conversion software.
shows that Catia v5 is available for Unix as well as Windows.
So the whole unix vs. windows thing in the LA Times is a canard.
The reporter who wrote the story often reports on aerospace
stories, but lacks enough software knowledge to be able
to filter out inaccurate info from his sources.  C'est la vie.
- Dan

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