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Linux For Navy Drone Ground Stations 78

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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Linux For Navy Drone Ground Stations

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  • Re:What if? (Score:5, Informative)

    by AlphaWolf_HK ( 692722 ) on Friday June 08, 2012 @02:13AM (#40253791)

    IIRC the GPL only stipulates that you provide the source code to whoever you give the binaries to. If they don't release it to the public, then they don't have to release the source to the public either.

  • Re:What if? (Score:4, Informative)

    by NoNonAlphaCharsHere ( 2201864 ) on Friday June 08, 2012 @02:15AM (#40253799)
    While granting that TFA is almost completely detail-free, it does say the $27,883,883 is for "tactical control system software", which would be a proprietary app running on Linux. So no, don't hold your breath to see it being GPL'ed.
  • Re:What if? (Score:5, Informative)

    by cheater512 ( 783349 ) <> on Friday June 08, 2012 @02:24AM (#40253833) Homepage

    As AlphaWolf pointed out, that clause only has to do with distribution.

    Additionally, just because they make software that runs on Linux, doesn't make everything fall under the GPL.
    If they modify the Linux kernel or similar parts of Linux then yes the modifications fall under the GPL but they are probably using off the shelf Linux and putting their own apps over the top.

  • Re:Linux makes money (Score:5, Informative)

    by paugq ( 443696 ) <[gro.reuaple] [ta] [seliuqgp]> on Friday June 08, 2012 @03:50AM (#40254139) Homepage

    I know already three countries in three continents which have moved their Navy's (bespoke) SCADA and ship and control systems from Windows to Linux. A fourth country is already in the planning stage. How do I know? Because I ported the software, created a custom Linux distro, etc. Years of work.

    Fun fact: at the beginning we charged a premium for the Linux version. Customer's answer? We want Linux. Windows was deprecated 3 years ago for this software due to no demand. But it's also understandable: I can tell you at least three countries which had to put their frigates and submarines in "manual sailing mode" due to Windows viruses (!!!). Not to speak of many countries not trusting the US more-than-influence on Microsoft, and also some features which were simply impossible to support on Windows due to Windows limitations.

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