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NASA Achieves Data Goals For Mars Rover With Open Source Software 35

caseyb89 writes "Open source projects Nginx, Railo CMS, and GlusterFS are powering Mars Curiosity's big data crunching. 'Taken together, the combination of cloud and open source enabled the Curiosity mission to provide beautiful images in real time, not months delayed; at high quality, not "good enough" quality. A traditional, proprietary approach would not have been this successful, given the short time to deployment and shifting requirements that necessitated the ultimate in agility and flexibility.'"
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NASA Achieves Data Goals For Mars Rover With Open Source Software

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  • by Tackhead ( 54550 ) on Monday October 22, 2012 @03:47PM (#41732483)
    Ongoing intelligence reports from the blue world reveals that our programme of infiltration continues unnoticed.

    K'Breel, speaker for the Council, spake thus.

    "Integrating our semantic maps into the minds of the blueworlders has been a difficult task, but already their vocalization sequences have been reprogrammed to vocalize words unpronounceable in their language, but which are perfectly curlmenot in our fair tongue - words like like 'Nginx', 'Railocms', and 'Glusterfs.'"

    When an agile young developer, fresh from a tour of duty infiltrating the blueworlders' breeding factories, suggested that a traditional, proprietary approach would not have been this successful, given the short time to deployment and shifting requirements that necessitated the ultimate in agility and flexibility, K'Breel recognized that the threat was bidirectional. (To defend against the threat, the Speaker, being in a particularly mercurial framework of mind, had the developer 's nodes gimped: the silly git's gelsacs were thrown into a blender, and the extracted fluid was disposed of by means of a waterfall.)

  • by greenreaper ( 205818 ) on Monday October 22, 2012 @03:49PM (#41732511) Homepage Journal
    "EFF files injunction against NASA for AGPL violations in Mars Rover firmware"

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