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    Re: NASA ISS moving to Linux

    Linux is nothing new in NASA or the DoD.

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    Re: NASA ISS moving to Linux

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    Re: NASA ISS moving to Linux

    The article is pretty light on specifics, it just mentions that some computers were migrated to Linux. I read another article just a couple of days ago that says the actual astronaut's laptops are Thinkpads running Win XP.

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    Re: NASA ISS moving to Linux

    I think it goes to show that for mission critical computers Windows is not up to the job.
    I certainly would not do internet banking using Windows.

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    Re: NASA ISS moving to Linux

    Quote Originally Posted by coldraven View Post
    I think it goes to show that for mission critical computers Windows is not up to the job.
    I certainly would not do internet banking using Windows.
    You can't really compare the performance or experience of a desktop system to an embedded one, they're completely different animals. I've worked with systems running embedded Windows and they work perfectly well as a platform. You're more likely to get trouble from the application software on top in my experience, as the quality of these is highly variable. Or the hardware of course, buy your gear from the wrong vendor and it'll be rubbish.

    The only time I've had trouble with Windows professionally is with desktop Windows running on laptops that my technicians use to plug into and talk to said embedded systems. These are indeed rather poor, but they do get brutally abused.

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    Re: NASA ISS moving to Linux

    Nasa ISS eh?

    The source of the article is Linux.org so I don't think we're going to get a balanced explanation of why one was better than the other. Good that they've gone Linux though.

    Last edited by mr john; April 1st, 2013 at 03:21 PM.

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    Re: NASA ISS moving to Linux

    If this is not an April Fools Day, Linux will gain more popularity

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    Lightbulb Penguins in spa-a-a-ce! ISS dumps Windows for Linux on laptops

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    Re: Penguins in spa-a-a-ce! ISS dumps Windows for Linux on laptops

    "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. So if we needed to patch, adjust or adapt, we could," he said.
    I especially liked this part. =D>

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