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Navy set to run helicopter drones on Linux

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Everyone knows at least one guy who uses Linux. I don't use it myself, but I knew that one guy. He built all his PCs from spart parts, he knew the ins and outs of programming, he was a little bit of an anarchist (ok, more than a little). He fits the bill of the Linux user stereotype-- the young hobbyist and hacker.

But now Linux has a new user. The United States military. Oddly, if I were to describe the military in a few words, hobbyist and hacker would be the dead last words I picked.

Raytheon makes drone and missile systems for the United States. These systems used to run on the Solaris operating system, but the Navy has asked Raytheon to help make some code switches so that they can use Linux for their upcoming unmanned helicopter project, the Mq-8B Fire Scout.

The move is expected to create more intuitive controls for the new unarmed aerial vehicles and save money in the long run. The military originally held that open source software presented too great a security risk for defense applications. It seems that Linux has changed minds.

How do you feel about the Navy's choice to go open source? Chime in in the comments to let us know.


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Video: Why the penny needs to die

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Misc. Tech, Videos

You know how you have all those pennies stored away somewhere in a jar, or some sort of awkward spot in your car? Of course you do, because no one wastes their time using pennies to make purchases, unless they're clueless or trying to pull some sort of sick joke. Check out the video above, which explains why the penny needs to be abolished from the United States currency, as it's a burden on the economy.


Last Week to Invest in OLPC Project

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Speaking of the OLPC Program, if you took back some of the gifts you received already or are feeling particularly beneficent, you can still participate in the Give One Get One Project if you live in the United States or Canada. The deadline has been extended through December 31. For your $399.00 donation, one XO laptop will be given to your child and one sent to a girl or boy in a developing country. Don’t forget that $200.00 is tax deductible. (Yes, it’s already that time again.)

 

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