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+ - ISS laptops switching from Windows XP to Debian

Submitted by SgtKeeling
SgtKeeling (717065) writes "Dozens of Windows XP laptops on the International Space Station are being switched to Debian 6. A manager involved in the switch said, "We needed an operating system that was stable and reliable – one that would give us in-house control. So if we needed to patch, adjust or adapt, we could." The Linux Foundation provided two development courses to help with developing apps related specifically to the needs of the ISS.
In 2008 Slashdot noted a story about a virus on the ISS laptops which had come up on an astronaut's USB flash drive."
Linux

+ - Slackware 14.0 is released! ->

Submitted by SgtKeeling
SgtKeeling (717065) writes "After 5 release candidates, a new version of Slackware has been released. From the website, 'Yes, it is that time again! After well over a year of planning, development, and testing, the Slackware Linux Project is proud to announce the latest stable release of the longest running distribution of the Linux operating system, Slackware version 14.0! We are sure you'll enjoy the many improvements. We've done our best to bring the latest technology to Slackware while still maintaining the stability and security that you have come to expect. Slackware is well known for its simplicity and the fact that we try to bring software to you in the condition that the authors intended. We will be setting up BitTorrent downloads for the official ISO images. Stay tuned to http://slackware.com/ for the latest updates.'"
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The Military

+ - UK Military developing "Invisible" Tank

Submitted by WorldFamousBigB
WorldFamousBigB (717065) writes "The Brits have been testing a tank which uses cameras and projectors to create the effect of an invisible tank. Said one soldier who was present, "I looked across the fields and just saw grass and trees — but in reality I was staring down the barrel of a tank gun." Although the article is sparse on details, it does say that the tank could be ready for service by 2012."

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