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[News] US Navy's Tactical Control System Switches to Linux

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Raytheon to upgrade Navy TCS

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| As part of the $16.5 million extension, Raytheon will be responsible for 
| migrating the Navy's Tactical Control System to a Linux-based operating 
| system.  



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."  



Feeling the heat at Microsoft

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| A couple of years ago you reiterated that IBM was Microsoft's biggest 
| competitor and you said not just on the business side, but overall. If I ask 
| you who is Microsoft's biggest competitor now, who would it be?  
| Ballmer: Open...Linux. I don't want to say open source. Linux, certainly have 
| to go with that.


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.


US Navy approves eZ Publish for DASN

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| The ATI team and the DASN (ACQ) Web Site Director Page Glennie decided that, 
| given the funding constraints, an Open Source solution should be 
| investigated. Open Source software is increasingly becoming a more popular 
| alternative within industry, commercial, and educational sectors. However, 
| within the Navy, security vulnerabilities are always a concern. Since the 
| information on the web site is unclassified and available to the general 
| public, the ATI team considered the associated security risks minimal. They 
| determined that with selection of the right Open Source product and with 
| proper security and information assurance protections in place it could be a 
| successful implementation for DASN (ACQ). In the Open Source evaluation, ATI 
| developed a list of twenty-eight Open Source CMS products.          


Open-Source Security: Trust, But Verify

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| What do those customers have to say about Coverity's findings? As a rule, 
| about as much as Coverity has to say about them. With very few exceptions, 
| you'll have to trust them when they tell you their proprietary software is 
| really, really secure -- and that if any bugs somehow show up in their code, 
| they get squashed quicker than you can say "regression error."    
| Or, if you're Microsoft, they get squashed every Tuesday. Maybe.
| All kidding aside, it's cynical -- and almost certainly wrong -- to claim 
| that most vendors see the "black box" approach to software security as just 
| another product-marketing tactic. Alerting every black-hat on the planet to 
| an unpatched security flaw poses serious risks both to the vendor and 
| especially to its customers. On the other hand, it is also true that some 
| flaws are paper tigers that have zero chance of spawning real-world exploits. 
| In such cases, a company may have better things to do with its 
| software-development resources -- unless, of course, a competitor gets wind 
| of the bug and turns it into a handy PR bludgeon.        


US Navy acquisitions site uses open source CMS

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| Minor hadn't used open source software extensively, so she commissioned a 
| research project. "We did a full-fledged market research study on open source 
| CMS products. We called out a list of 28, and did a complete analysis based 
| on our requirements and the Navy's needs.   

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