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Robotics The Military Hardware Linux

Linux For Navy Drone Ground Stations 78

Posted by samzenpus
from the open-drone dept.
garymortimer writes "Raytheon will help the U.S. Navy transition to using Linux software at ground control stations for unmanned air vehicles, the Defense Department announced Wednesday. The company's intelligence and information systems unit won a $27,883,883 contract to implement the tactical control system software, used for directing vertical take-off UAVs."
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  • Re:What if? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 08, 2012 @05:34AM (#40254501)

    That's interesting, because there's a JSF debacle over not including the source code with the British jets. Maybe it's common to supply binaries and not source when equipping allies. It's unlikely, but it'll be amusing if an ally sues over the GPL at some point to get the source for some kit.

  • Re:What if? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 08, 2012 @07:53AM (#40255227)

    Been that way for the F-16 for decades. IIRC, when the Japanese wanted to develop the F-16 into their F-2, source code for the flight control computers was a huge sticking point.

  • Re:What if? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 08, 2012 @09:14AM (#40255911)

    Its worth noting, US legal precedence says the government is except from copyright for matters national defense. Whle they do make an effort to comply, the fact is, if they decide they are exempt, they'll simply do whatever they want. Code licenses such as the GPL are very likely ignored daily in the US by the US government.

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