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LinuxPR: The Weather Channel Local Content Distributed Using Open Software

Oct 10, 2000, 20:40 (3 Talkback[s])

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"Linux and MICO Run Around-The-Clock Production System."

"The Weather Channel (TWC) announces the launch of a new weather data distribution system for North America. The new system aggregates data from multiple sources at the Atlanta headquarters of TWC and transmits it via satellite link to thousands of cable head-ends. More than 70 million television sets can view a local weather segment tailored to their specific geographic region."

"The open source Red Hat 6.2 Linux operating system was selected because of its proven reliability (www.redhat.com). Another open source package called MICO was used inside the new system to provide middleware services. MICO is a fully compliant and freely available implementation of CORBA 2.0. A third open source package called S-Lang is widely used throughout the system to provide a flexible means of configuring and monitoring the system. S-Lang is an open source scripting language that can be easily embedded into C and C++ programs. In three months of continuous 24x7 operation, the system has encountered no problems from any of the open source software packages."

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