Linux to be used on Boeing-designed military aircraft

By Justin Mann on July 31, 2006, 10:29 AM
Linux continues to propagate into new areas, as more and more business and institutions see it as a "best-fit" for a variety of projects. Recently, it's been revealed that one of the largest aerospace companies in the world, Boeing, will be using a particular distro of Linux to operate many components of a military aircraft. The "P-8A Multi-Mission Maritime Aircraft" as it is called will have it's surveillance hardware and other functions controlled by Linux. In particular, they are using a version of Linux that is circulated by Wind River, a company that specializes in embedded software. The ability for Linux to operate in compact conditions made it an ideal choice, as well as the cost of licensing it. Interesting.

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DragonMaster said:
I wouldn't see Windows XP or MacOS on a military aircraft...Imagine if it crashes while you're in the middle of the sky ;)It would need a long time to reboot...
Mictlantecuhtli said:
Linux can crash too.What were they using before? Was the previous operating system somehow inadequate?
DragonMaster said:
[quote] Linux can crash too.[/quote]Hey, I know! It's just that they can put just what they need on it (Lightweight) -> It will not take a minute to reboot, but only seconds.
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