Breaking space computer news alert: After years of weak security and too many blue screens of death, the astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) are switching operating systems. So long Windows XP. Hello Linux.In related news, the ISS was running on Windows XP for years! It's unclear exactly why this seems extraordinary. I guess the main thing is that NASA and the space industry in general basically invented computers and pioneered plenty of early software efforts. Why on Earth did they entrust Microsoft with the computers on board the space station for so long?
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Again, it's super unclear. The ISS crew wasn't shy about explaining its reasons for switching. There are "dozens of laptops" on the space station, some of which are already running various versions of Linux, like RedHat and Scientific Linux. In recent years, every single one of those laptops that runs Windows has gotten a virus at one point or another.The United Space Alliance, the organization that handles computers on board the ISS, explained in a statement, "We migrated key functions from Windows to Linux because we needed an operating system that was stable and reliable." So we must be left to assume that Windows is not the "stable and reliable" choice.And who could forget