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Tactical Linux computer muscles up

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| Eurotech subsidiary Parvus announced a more powerful version of its rugged 
| tactical mission computer. The Parvus DuraCor 810-Duo runs Linux on a 1.5GHz 
| Intel Core 2 Duo with 2GB of DDR2 RAM, and targets "high reliability" 
| military and homeland defense applications, says the company.   



Miniature Linux PC targets military apps

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| Mercury Computer Systems announced a Linux-based engineering development kit
| (EDK) for a 7-10 pound computer that targets small ground, naval, and air
| vehicles. The "ruggedized" PowerBlock 50 (pictured at left) supports multiple
| processors to provide "well over 100 GFLOPS of processing power," according
| to Mercury.


Navy to focus only on open systems

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| "The days of proprietary technology must come to an end," [Vice Admiral Mark
| Edwards, deputy chief of naval operations for communications] said. "We will
| no longer accept systems that couple hardware, software and data."  


Open for the Future

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| Besides the issue of cost, the increasing scope and complexity of military 
| software requirements encourages the use of open source. "If the project is 
| of a sufficient scale, you cannot get there without an open source approach," 
| said Dewey Houck, a senior engineer at Boeing, the lead systems integrator 
| for the Army's FCS.    
| Linux is being deployed as the operating system for the Future Combat Systems 
| (FCS), Houck noted. Other open technologies are being incorporated in FCS's 
| System of Systems Common Operating Environment.  


The Complex Crux Of Wireless Warfare

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| Boeing and the Army said they chose not to use Microsoft's proprietary 
| software because they didn't want to be beholden to the company. Instead, 
| they chose to develop a Linux-based operating system based on publicly 
| available code.   


Boeing 777 - The Linux Penguin Lives

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| Interesting how much Linux has made in roads into our lives. It
| seems that some of the aairlines who use the Boeing 777 are using 
| Linux as their entertainment center.


Real-time Linux helps design military cargo plane

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| Airbus reportedly tapped real-time Linux in designing its A400M
| military transport plane, set to ship this year. Concurrent said
| it supplied the German airplane manufacturer with real-time
| Linux-based systems used for hardware-in-loop (HIL) simulation
| test stands used to perfect the A400M's "high-lift control computers."


Linux headed into Boeing anti-sub aircraft

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| Boeing has awarded Wind River Systems a contract to embed its version
| of Linux into a new military aircraft, the company plans to announce
| Monday along with a new batch of products built around the
| open-source operating system.


Over 30s VAX, Linux breeds Boeing's new jets

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| Hawker de Havilland, the local arm of aircraft engineering giant Boeing,
| will retire its 30-year-old VAX system in favour of its new Linux-based
| environment in the manufacture of parts for the company's next-generation
| 787 jets.


TCS makes Linux DISA compliant

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| Trusted Computer Solutions has upgraded its Security Blanket security 
| compliance software so that it can make Red Hat Enterprise Linux compliant 
| with the settings defined in the Defense Information Systems Agency’s 
| Security Technical Implementation Guide for that operating system.   


Linux Will Be An Army of One! 

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| The United States Army revealed that their goal is to move entirely from 
| Windows to Linux. While this will take considerable time, the Army is looking 
| at ways of getting the two operating systems to work together. To accomplish 
| this task, it's turning to Red Hat Enterprise 5.   


Conference Highlights Open Technology Adoption within Defense and
Intelligence Systems  

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| "When we rolled into Baghdad, we did it using open source," General
| Justice continued. "It may come as a surprise to many of you, but the
| U.S. Army is "the" single largest install base for Red Hat Linux.
| I'm their largest customer."


Army Seeks to Catalyze Open Source Intelligence

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| A new U.S. Army Field Manual is intended to advance the development
| and use of open source intelligence (OSINT), which is intelligence
| that is derived from publicly available data legally obtained.


A Network Appliance Platform for Linux Applications at the US Department of

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| U.S. military requirements for network devices are growing more and
| more demanding, making a flexible Linux-based platform the foundation
| of choice. 


High-integrity software is key topic at 2007 Military Technologies Conference

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| Following Tokar will be Redge Bartholomew, engineering manager at Rockwell 
| Collins on "Static Analysis as an Example Approach to High Integrity Open 
| Source Software." 
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| "Why High Integrity Software Requires Open Source Tools," is the 
| presentation of the module's last speaker, Robert Dewar, president and 
| chief executive officer of AdaCore.


Department of Defense Releases Open Technology Development Roadmap

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| According to OSSI, "OTD methodology will enable DoD organizations
| and contractors to rapidly adapt and extend existing software capabilities
| in response to shifting threats and requirements without, being locked in
| to a specific vendor or held hostage to proprietary technologies."


US Army struggles with Windows to Linux overhaul

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| In multiple media reports over the past two weeks, the US Army has professed 
| its love for the penguin. The Army eventually intends to move from a 
| Windows-based infrastructure over to Linux for its new, roughly $200bn 
| weapons program.   


Lockheed Martin Purchased Over $1 Million of Concurrent's RedHawk Real-Time
Linux for U.S. Navy Next Generation Aegis Weapon System

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| Concurrent's NightStar for RedHawk Linux is a powerful, integrated tool set
| for developing time-critical applications. NightStar tools run with minimal
| intrusion,  


Concurrent to Supply Real-Time Linux Solution to the U.S. Navy for Missile
Simulator Development

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| The simulator will be used to determine the effectiveness of Navy and Marine
| Corps aircraft countermeasure systems that protect the aircraft from hostile
| missiles.  


Navy CIO 'recognizes the importance of OSS to the warfighter'

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| John Weathersby, executive director of the Open Source Software
| Institute, told Linux.com today that, effective immediately, the
| Department of the Navy has adopted a new policy which requires that
| open source software must be considered in every software
| acquisition the Navy makes.


Raytheon Sails Into Battle With Linux

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| Among its major capabilities, TSCEI 4.0 supports IBM blade server
| processors running the Red Hat Linux operating system. It is the first of
| four planned increments supporting DDG 1000 Release 4 software.


Linux helps Navy keep high-tech weapon system updated

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| General-purpose computing systems (in other words: personal computers
| and workstations) could be useful within a variety of control systems
| as human machine interface (HMI) platforms, network interface systems
| and even host computers, but many engineers hesitate to incorporate
| them because of the many stability and security issues surrounding the
| dominant PC operating system, Microsoft Windows XP. Linux provides an
| open-source alternative that avoids these Microsoft-related issues. As
| more engineers become acquainted with Linux, and Linux vendors make
| their implementations easier to use, PCs running Linux OS have begun
| to appear in many mission-critical applications.
| For example, Real-Time Innovations (RTI) and Concurrent Computer Corp.
| have partnered to provide RTI's standards-based real-time data
| distribution middleware with Concurrent's RedHawk Linux in support of
| the U.S. Navy's Aegis Open Architecture program.
| [...]
| Concurrent's RedHawk Linux provides fast response to external events,
| optimized interprocess communication, and high I/O throughput needed for
| time-critical applications. The operating system has gained acceptance as
| a leading real-time Linux platform for high-performance applications,
| guaranteeing response on a dedicated processor to an external event in
| less than 30 microseconds.

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