ISS Finally Migrates To GNU/Linux

“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.”
see Linux Foundation Training Prepares the International Space Station for Linux Migration

I was in outer space when I migrated to GNU/Linux. Earth is a space-ship. I was teaching in a classroom in Canada’s Arctic with a cluster of PCs running that other OS that would freeze every hour. I needed those machines to be available to students while I taught other students. We needed an operating system that was stable and reliable. We chose GNU/Linux because it ran smoothly and got the job done. It’s good to see that NASA has finally seen the light. They have long done a lot with GNU/Linux but they had so much baggage that they dragged into the 21st century, including that other OS.

Every year more individuals and organizations come to the same realization, that M$ is not their friend when it comes to IT.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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One Response to ISS Finally Migrates To GNU/Linux

  1. dougman says:

    Man, if the core computer crashed, they’d have to power cycle the whole damn station. Think of all the wacky crap that would happen during THAT process!

    More worryingly, in the long term, the dead computers also control the station’s altitude, attitude, oxygen, water supplies and a host of other VERY important things.

    REBOOTS and CRASHES are deadly!

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