Declic: Linux 2.6 on the International Space Station
Linux nowadays is a common tool for space-related projects, whereas several years ago, proprietary systems, such as VRTX, QNX or VxWorks, were leading. In addition, this past year even led to FlightLinux, a standard Linux distribution adapted to spacecraft environments. Open-source software is of crucial importance for these kinds of projects, and our experience with Linux has proven that it has a great future in space.
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