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Re: OpenBSD for ATMs
- To: misc_(_at_)_openbsd_(_dot_)_org
- Subject: Re: OpenBSD for ATMs
- From: Nick Holland <nick_(_at_)_holland-consulting_(_dot_)_net>
- Date: Thu, 16 Dec 2004 12:41:43 -0500
Siju George wrote:
> Hi all,
> In regard to the article below
> May I ask isn't OpenBSD a good solution for ATMs?
> Has there been any work done or enquiries come to the OpenBSD
> Development Team in this regard?
Here's the problem:
The old systems worked. But they were boring. People want FLASH!
COLOR! ExCiTeMenT! at their ATMs. I guess. So, they pull out
the fully functional, nice and reliable ATMs with green CRTs and
install...Windows based systems. YES, I have walked up to an ATM
and seen it blue-screened.
Everyone wants security, but it is few people's top priority, in
spite of what they say. They want security, but a click-and-doodle
advertising generation system is much more valuable to them.
Apparently, it is felt that a flashy ATM trying to persuade me to
refinance my mortgage is more profitable than a "secure" ATM that
only a few people would ever recognize.
OpenBSD won't give the customers (=banks) what they want, and if
you piled on enough cr*p to make it what they wanted, the security
avantage would be gone anyway.
yeah, this is way off topic. sorry.
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