USS Zumwalt: U.S. Navy's Stealth Warship Powered by Linux

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Mon, Oct 21st, 2013 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

The United States' Navy latest warship, the USS Zumwalt, is a ship designed "for stealth, survivability, and firepower." It is "packed with advanced technology" and runs on Linux.

[...] the operations center of the Zumwalt will have more in common with the fictional starship USS Enterprise's bridge than it does with the combat information centers of the ships I went to sea on. Every console on the Zumwalt will be equipped with touch screens and software capable of taking on the needs of any operator on duty, and big screens on the forward bulkhead will display tactical plots of sea, air, and land.

Perhaps it's appropriate that the first commanding officer of the Zumwalt will be Captain James Kirk (yes, that's actually his name). But considering how heavily the ship leans on its computer networks, maybe they should look for a chief engineer named Vint Cerf.

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