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Open Source IT: Out of this World; Linux-Based Astronomy Software Has Truly Universal Impact

Mar 29, 2000, 23:13 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Gene Knauer)

"For many loyal users, Linux' low cost and high reliability make it an operating system that is truly out of this world. At the astronomy department of the University of Iowa, in Iowa City, however, scientists are using Linux to get a look at other worlds."

"The astronomers there rely on a Linux-based software package called Observatory Control and Astronomical Analysis System (OCAAS) from Torus Technologies -- also based in Iowa City, Iowa -- to control the telescopes they use to look at the heavens."

"The astronomers at the University of Iowa are not the only ones using OCAAS. The program is also in use at places like NASA, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories, McDonnell Douglas, as well as at observatories in Japan, Taiwan, India and elsewhere. "It is the only complete observatory system that is so powerful and easy to use," says Trueblood."

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