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International Space Station Switches from Windows to Linux, for Improved Reliability

Posted May 09, 2013 1:25 PM

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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."

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05/09/2013 2:43 PM

So, Windows 8 went out the window?

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05/09/2013 5:20 PM

...yep, it was 'sucked' thru the MS Window into space (wink,wink)!

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05/10/2013 8:43 AM

I can see one of the reasons why 'Best Buy' is struggling to avoid bankruptcy. I recently needed to buy a new laptop (yes, a laptop, not a pad; I need to actually run software on it that works in a Windows environment).

Every laptop at Best Buy was loaded with Windows 8; no option at all for Win 7. I went online and bought a machine running Win 7. (And one of the first things I did with it was set it up to look like Win XP.)

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05/10/2013 1:42 PM

Just reaffirms my decision to use Macs.

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05/09/2013 8:53 PM

And scale the computer down in the process?

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05/10/2013 3:39 AM

Says it all innit?
A bit more subtle than sky writing 'Windows is cr4p' but only just.

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05/11/2013 1:57 PM

So would it be that touch screens don't work so well in space being that every touch has an equal and opposite reaction that becomes as real issue when floating weightless?

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05/12/2013 9:18 PM

Uhm, touch screen not push screen

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05/13/2013 10:47 AM

Maybe it's just me but so far most touch screens need to be treated as push screens for them to sense me for what ever reason.

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05/13/2013 9:16 PM

You are still using this one?

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