It is an era of open source, as more and more businesses as well as enterprises have started to encompass on the open source bandwagon. There is no denying the fact that Linux has revolutionized the overall computing sector with its advanced functionality as ease of customization due to its open source nature.
Now it seems that the fever of open source has spun out of bounds and even reached outer space. Recently, The United Space Alliance, which manages all the computers aboard the International Space Station in association with NASA, made a vital announcement that it would switch all the computers aboard the space stations from Windows XP over to Linux. According to them, they required something that was stable, reliable and could be customized without putting any burden on the resources. This was the major reason for the switch.
Over the transformations would be from an age old Windows XP to Debian 6. This is not a new thing, as there are many other systems that already run on various flavours of linux including Red Hat and Scientific Linux. But with this switch all the computers would now run on open source Linux Systems and there won’t be a single system running on proprietary windows.
This would only give them a systematic approach towards universal computing but also give them an in-house control to patch, adjust and adapt the overall system as per their own preference.
Linux also brings with it an added layer of functionality as they won’t have to worry about getting their system infected with viruses. There have been many such cases in which their system have got infected by worms and viruses. This could pose a huge risk as most of the operations aboard the space stations works on computers. Switching to Linux will essentially immunize the ISS against future infections.
In reality this change does not come as a surprise as most of the big enterprises and scientific establishment have been switching over to open source so as to have the power of customizations and stability. Linux has seen a huge increase in its popularity over the years as more and more people avail the service open source. Organisations like CERN, many DNA-sequencing labs, and large enterprises use Linux as their main computing system. What is interesting to note is that in order to make the astronauts and cosmonauts accustomed to Linux systems, they would be trained by the Linux Foundation.
The current socio economic paradigm looming over various sectors have made it imperative to have customized services that can help them attain optimal performance. Linux provides that platform to the organisations who want reliability, security and customization.