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Space -the final frontier

Postby viking60 » 30 May 2013, 10:25

ImageNASA is using Linux to control their space program.
But up - 230 miles above earth the astronauts had Windows laptops!

These onboard laptops have been exclusively replaced with Linux now.
NASA went for Debian 6.

One Small Step for NASA, One Giant Leap for Open Source

Again: Redmonds loss is Linux' gain
Because Linux recently scored a major victory some 230 miles up in the sky. Specifically, Windows got the big heave-ho from the International Space Station, which has now boldly gone on to embrace Linux instead.

NASA was looking for something stable an reliable:
Keith Chuvala of United Space Alliance, a NASA contractor that is involved in maintaining the laptops used by astronauts said, "We migrated key functions from Windows to Linux because we needed an operating system that was stable and reliable - one that would give us in-house control

ImageNASA needs the enhanced quality and control: Many governments and major businesses need the same, so it cannot be ruled out that many of them will follow.

The main challenge for them would be the component between the keyboard and the chair:
While NASA Astronauts are tech minded and trained, the average working Joe is more conservative and sceptical to changes to the well known (Windows).

But as Linux has become pretty easy and user-friendly these days - it would not take a rocket scientist.

...and Windows is not the good old well known Windows anymore either....
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