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To the space station and beyond with Linux

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Keith Chuvala, a United Space Alliance contractor, manager of the Space Operations Computing (SpOC) for NASA, and leader of the iSS's Laptops and Network integration Teams, recently explained that NASA had decided to move to Linux for the iSS's PCs. "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."

Specifically, the iSS astronauts will be using computers running Debian 6. Earlier, some of the on-board computers had been using Scientific Linux, a Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) clone. While not the newest version of Debian, Debian 7 has just been released, Debian is nothing if not well-tested and reliable.

While Linux has been used on the iSS ever since its launch (PDF link) and for NASA ground operations almost since the day Linus Torvalds created it, it hasn't seen that much use on PCs in space. "Things really clicked," said Chuvala in an interview, "after we came to understand how Linux views the world, the interconnectedness of how one thing affects another. You need that worldview. i have quite a bit of Linux experience, but to see others who were really getting it, that was exciting."


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finding the Higgs boson was done almost entirely with Linux

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in June this year, scientists from ATLAS and their colleagues from another CERN experiment, CMS, announced they had found probable evidence of the Higgs boson, an important sub-atomic particle whose existence has been theorised for half a century but has never been observed. The news was hailed by none other than Professor Brian Cox as "one of the most important scientific discoveries of all time".
And - putting aside the small matter of building the LHC itself - finding the Higgs was done almost entirely with Linux. indeed, many of the scientists we've spoken to say it couldn't have been done without it.
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How Linux is Built

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While Linux is running our phones, friend requests, tweets, financial trades, ATMs and more, most of us don't know how it's actually built. This short video takes you inside the process by which the largest collaborative development project in the history of computing is organized.
Based on the annual report "Who Writes Linux," this is a powerful and inspiring story of how Linux has become a community-driven phenomenon.
More information about Linux and The Linux Foundation can be found at http://www.linuxfoundation.org and http://www.linux.com

The Story of Linux : Commemorating 20 Years of the Linux Operating System

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Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Linux with us. Watch the Story of Linux to remember - or learn for the first time - how Linux disrupted a market and has begun to change the world. Do you see yourself in its story?