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An anonymous reader writes: The United Space Alliance, which manages the computers aboard the International Space Station in association with NASA, has announced that the Windows XP computers aboard the ISS have been switched to Linux.

“We migrated key functions from Windows to Linux because we needed an operating system that was stable and reliable.”

In specific, the “dozens of laptops” will make the change to Debian 6. These laptops will join many other systems aboard the ISS that already run various flavors of Linux, such as RedHat and Scientific Linux. As far as we know, after this transition, there won’t be a single computer aboard the ISS that runs Windows.

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International Space Station switching to Linux

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  • Given that astronauts and cosmonauts on the station are engineers and techs, it is hardly surprising they decided not to 'upgrade' to Windows 8.

    They probably want to get work done.

    Besides, all that start menu manual swiping to slide across to the Skype app would end up spinning you in circles in zero grav.

  • given the increasing use of embedded tech on the ISS (uc's and soc's) it's not really surprising

    not only does linux support many embedded cpu/uc architectures ( but can you imagine how frustrating it would be for an astronaut on the ISS having to make a support call to microsoft when some RS-232 data logger won't work because it doesn't have a metro app?

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