Last year we learned that computers on the International Space Station would begin using the Debian 6 GNU/Linux distribution, now it seems that computers at the European Space Agency are using SUSE Linux.

It’s a well known fact by now that most of the servers hosting websites people go to are running Linux, but over the last few years we’ve seen that other keen advocates of Linux are space agencies.

Actually SUSE Linux began deployment at ESA in 2012 and has been continuing until now, the distro is used by 450 teams in the European Space Operations Centre at ESA, this includes being used by Mission Control Systems who are responsible for simulation and control of aircraft and satellites outside the atmosphere and further still.

Ernesto Doelling, Head of Section at ESOC said “Performance is important, but reliability and ease of maintenance are key when it comes to operating systems. From an engineering perspective, we need a product that is easy to understand and not too complicated. And it is vitally important to choose a system that is backed by professional support long-term”, engineers at ESA also claim to like how powerful YaST is.

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  • lunarcloud

    Ugh… I wanted to like SUSE, but the difficulty in installing software compared to Debian/Ubuntu style distros is ridiculous.
    How many versions of every KDE app do I need to wade through if I add this repository so I can get the latest software?
    How do I download common compiler tools so I can just build stuff I find on github?
    Why isn’t -dontupdatethecacherightnowdamnit the default for zypper?

    How do you USE YaST for software installation?!?!
    Gentoo was easier than that.

    The fact that I’m talking about “package managers” and not the “app store” for the OS in this day and age is telling.

    Ugh…. /rant

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