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International Space Station Closes Windows

ISS Linux

The operating system is used extensively on the International Space Station has been Windows XP. On the other hand the majority of the ground-based support systems for the ISS back on Earth are Linux-based.

Soon, the dozens of laptops in use on the ISS will all be running Debian 6. According to Keith Chuvala, a United Space Alliance contractor, manager of Space Operations Computing (SpOC) for NASA, and leader of the ISS’s Laptops and Network Integration Teams: “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.”

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