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NewsForge: Enjoying NASA's Maestro on Your Linux Desktop

Jan 14, 2004, 08:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Barr)

"I decided to download Maestro, the software NASA uses to control the Mars rover Spirit, right after reading about the project on Slashdot last week. Thousands of others were doing the same thing, so given the size of the download--more than 45 megabytes--and the speed of the transfer from the mirror I selected, I decided to leave it running and go to bed. Once it finished, it was easy to get running, and the results were out of this world.

"Here's how easy it was to install and begin using on Linux. First of all, don't even begin unless you have the Java runtime on your system. On my Mandrake 9.2 desktop, JRE 1.4.2_01 was already in place. Your mileage may vary depending on the flavor of Linux you're running. Here's one place you can get the Java runtime environment (JRE) if you don't already have it installed..."

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