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Work for the military for awhile and then criticize NASA for using a decade old OS. The OS I'v worked with in the Air Force predates the original DOS by about 5 years.

Yeah, NASA normally uses very highly tested code for their flight operations systems. So I doubt that either Windows or Linux is being used for them (maybe Linux, no way in hell Windows). Most people look at the Space Shuttle and think it is a marvel of advanced technology. So some degree it was, but more times than not, it wasn't all that advanced, it was just older and seriously tested code.

The original space shuttle computers ran on just 500kb of memory. In 1991 they got a major upgrade to 1 Megabyte of RAM. The CPU had the computational power of an old IBM 5150 (the actual CPU is an APA-101S, which does 1.2MIPS).

Many of the systems on the International Space Station are just 80386SX-20's with an Intel 80307 co-processor.
post #32 of 91
Windows and Linux?

I would think they would have built their own OS from scratch. Interesting nonetheless.
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post #33 of 91
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Windows XP hardly counts as Windows at all. The real question is why they were running an OS that's over a decade old.
wth.gif Can't tell if serious.

They're in space. It's not like they can just go to newegg and purchase the latest thing and have it delivered in less then a week., let alone have everything up and running without years of testing
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wth.gif Can't tell if serious.

They're in space. It's not like they can just go to newegg and purchase the latest thing and have it delivered in less then a week., let alone have everything up and running without years of testing

Also the functions the systems serve haven't changed. If a 386 CPU can run them just fine, there is absolutely no reason to risk upgrading.
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post #35 of 91
Good, now Linux will be out of this world! (literally)
post #36 of 91
Okay first for those people making the tasteless jokes about the people that died aboard a shuttle accident, grow the crap up. For some of us that is not a matter worthy of any type of joking.

Now for everyone else read the articles, the computers being updated are all laptops which means they are not used for any kind of mission critical work, they are basically the personal machines for the crew.
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Now for everyone else read the articles, the computers being updated are all laptops which means they are not used for any kind of mission critical work, they are basically the personal machines for the crew.
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The laptops that were upgraded belong to the station’s OpsLAN. The crew use the OpsLAN to perform day-to-day activities, such as viewing stock inventory, controlling scientific experiments, or checking their current location.

Sounds a little more than "personal machines" to me.
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or checking their current location.

Space.


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post #39 of 91
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they are basically the personal machines for the crew.

I think they are scientific computers and laptops as well, Not just personal ones.
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I wonder how Linux is possible since it's not as "advance" as Windows? I realize how Linux is more stable and reliable than Windows but I thought Windows is more advance especially when they're doing space stuff?

By the way, I love this joke. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
If they take out Windows, how will they keep the air in?
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