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OSNews, Generic OSes "Whonix is an anonymous general purpose operating system based on Virtual Box, Debian GNU/Linux and Tor. By Whonix design, IP and DNS leaks are impossible. Not even malware with root rights can find out the user's real IP/location. This is because Whonix consists of two (virtual) machines. One machine solely runs Tor and acts as a gateway, which we call Whonix-Gateway. The other machine, which we call Whonix-Workstation, is on a completely isolated network. Only connections through Tor are possible."
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RE: Comment by abstraction
by iLikeOS on Tue 1st Jan 2013 14:38 UTC in reply to "Comment by abstraction"
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The definition of an operating system has not changed I believe.
But since more and more people that are not professionals are using the same vocabulary, it tends to redefine it self over time.
Today OS it's often used to describe distributions of Linux, or some times a predefined system configuration (like this is).
We have the same problem with the prefixes mega and giga.
You seldom know today if people actually mean the real base 2 mega and giga or the base 10.

Maybe we should invent a prefix to use when we actually mean what we write, like BD-Mb, or BD-OS where BD stands for By Definition ;)

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RE[2]: Comment by abstraction
by Alfman on Tue 1st Jan 2013 19:28 in reply to "RE: Comment by abstraction"
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"Maybe we should invent a prefix to use when we actually mean what we write, like BD-Mb, or BD-OS where BD stands for By Definition ;) "

You know we do have separate binary and decimal notations?

1 MB = 1,000,000 bytes
1 MiB = 2^20 (1,048,576) bytes

Alas, not many people seem to know about this, and therefore the binary variants don't get much use.

Edit: The two are sufficiently close that it doesn't matter that much in most contexts, but I get really peeved when MB/s mBps and mbps get interchanged because that mistake forces us to second guess between values which differ by a factor of 8 for bits and bytes. When talking about network transfer speeds, they're both plausible and they're both in common usage.

Edited 2013-01-01 19:42 UTC

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RE[3]: Comment by abstraction
by iLikeOS on Wed 2nd Jan 2013 01:18 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by abstraction"
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I know about all this.
What I am saying is just that it is a lot of different words we are using, that are redefined over time.

If going back to the 80:s and before that, Mb was only one thing, 2^20, but most of us only mattered about Kb at that time.

So the point is that it is a problem to know these days what somebody actually means, with everything that measures things such as speed and storage etc. But in recent years I would say that the same things starts to happening with definitions like operating system, programming language, applications etc. etc.
Nobody really differs between tools and apps any more.
Different packaging of Linux has become different operating systems.
Writing HTLM has became programming.

So my only point really is that from my point of view.
The heading of this article is wrong. It's not about a new operating system, it's a Linux preconfigured to perform a certain way, combined with applications like virtual machine etc.

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