GNU/Linux is Out of this World

Richard Chapman sent me a link to a log of activity for the International Space Station.

  • The server was migrated from that other OS to GNU/Linux
  • The client was migrated to “T61p”, a Lenovo model that ships with that other OS… The ISS started with Lose ’95 on clients back in the day.

When I think back to my last experience with Lose ’95 out-of-the-box, I am shocked that ISS did not fall out of the sky. Lose ’95 shipped with no security and 50K bugs. ISS is only a decade or more behind the times. They are actually scheduling anti-virus activity up there.

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6 Responses to GNU/Linux is Out of this World

  1. I’d like to know how often they BSOD…

  2. aikiwolfie says:

    Absolutely nothing wrong with the shuttles computers. What matters is they are fit for purpose. And they clearly are. After all how many times have we seen an old UNIX system that worked perfectly fine torn out and replaced by something else that’s half baked and untested just to watch the whole thing go down in flames. And why are these “upgrades” carried out? Because the market says so.

    If it aint broke, don’t fix it.

  3. Nice link. Thanks. I guess the Shuttle was designed in the Dark Ages of IT and they never restarted from scratch so that other OS crept in. The ISS has similar roots although I would think that after a few re-re-reboots they would have decided to switch before now. It is on the server but the clients still use that other OS on the LAN.

  4. Greg says:

    Linux (Slackware) has been “out of this world” for a long time..

  5. Ray says:

    Not really, Windows 95 back then was extremely unreliable, so they had to use NT for server and delicate operations.

  6. revdjenk says:

    Even better, many of the base systems on the Shuttle are still functioning under the control of eleven 6809 cpus that were at the core of my 1984 Radio Shack Color Computer! Last report I saw, their system was running OS9 a Unix-base with multi-thread, multi-user capabilities.

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