International Space Station Dumps Windows For Linux On Laptops

The Register’s Iain Thomson reports that the crew of the International Space Station, which has over 140 laptops on board, will trade their old Windows XP laptops for Debian Linux-powered systems to use in their Operations Local Area Network.

Thompson says Ops LAN maintenance subcontractor United Space Alliance (USA), has been using Windows XP laptops for the Ops LAN setup, but network integration but with Microsoft finally dropping support for XP, and the venerable Microsoft OS’s propensity for crashing, team leader Keith Chuvala decided it was time for a change, explaining: “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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