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