International Space Station Switches To Linux

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Short one this time. Basically the ISS can't take the lack of updates and patching for XP (which they were using), and decided to go for Debian for the for-astronaut-use laptops that go up and back and some of the ones that hang out there. This seems to be because they've gotten worms and such in the past (since they get users and data from all over), and Linux being inherently more secure in practical use (and way more quickly patched) means less time spent worry about their machines and more time spent tossing legos back and forth in microgravity with one hand while figuring out how to solve the testicular cancer boson unification theorem with the other.

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I never would have guessed they still use XP, but then again, after being a consult to some of the local business, I'm not surprised.
 

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What I want to know is, who's the jackhole that waltzed into the ISS with a virus? With regards to NASA, this should've been caught waaay before an av program on a Windows OS did, imao.
 

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Meanwhile, at the station...

Astronaut: *mumbling to himself* dum, di, dum...temperature, pressure, speed, velocity...okay. All is fine. Let's surf the web a bit...
computer: I'm sorry, Dave. I can't let you do that.
Astronaut: *over his shoulder* C'mon, guys! Cut it out already. That joke was old twelve years ago. I'm pretty sick of hearing it every other week. If you pull this shit again, we're going all linux over here. :angry:
 

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Aw but that means my favourite sci fi/bad screenwriter thing of "of course you plug in the hostile's laptop/your comms system into your very important main network" is less likely to come to pass.

Worms in space. Hmm...that somehow sounds way more sci-fi than it should be. :P

http://www.space.com/6938-worms-space-study-microgravity.html ?

I never would have guessed they still use XP, but then again, after being a consult to some of the local business, I'm not surprised.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/11/19/it_is_rocket_science_chips_in_space/

Perhaps more importantly all the nice developer things that MS has been slowly stripping out of their OSes (decent serial/parallel support, raw sockets, whatever windows 8 has done to UAC and the firewall to make half the server programs I like to use far more hassle than it should be*...) could come in handy when popping down the shop is a bit inconvenient.

*I should note I do not lump the badly coded nonsense in there but that is less of a distinction when you have stuff that needs doing.
 
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