[Linux-aus] Open Source Monoculture
leon at cyberknights.com.au
Tue Feb 17 20:38:02 UTC 2004
On Tue, 17 Feb 2004 16:16, Brad Hards wrote:
> Monoculture isn't necessarily a long
> term thing though - growing your whole farm in peas one year and
> wheat the next is still a monoculture.
Kinda. You're rotating your crops, which makes it a polyculture but only
> The failures tend to come from explosive growth in pest populations
> (eg locusts) or from natural disasters (fire, flood, hail).
That's just the immediately obvious failures. Long term salinity
problems (ring any bells?) exhaustion of trace elements, replacement of
a thriving bacterioculture with a partly functional alien one, and so
on can all have repercussions a looooong way down the track.
> An agricultural polyculture (characterised by mixed trees, various
> crops in different stages of development, animals, people, small
> plots - as you see in subsistence living and more modern permaculture
> environments) tends to have moderating influences for those things,
> and catastrophic failures are rarer.
So... BSD's not *quite* dead yet? (-:
> In terms of total vulnerability, any variation is likely to help
I call to the witness stand in support of this assertion, none other
than Microsoft Windows. More and more of the newer W32 worms don't work
on older versions of MS-Windows. The "variation" here is provided by
simply not upgrading. (-:
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