Tuesday, 25 September 2001 23:00
They marked the event by releasing more than 200 scientific and engineering applications for public use. The modular Fortran programs can be modified, compiled and run on most Linux platforms. Nasa is a very large user of open source software and they have given back hugely to the community. The Robert C. Byrd National Technology Transfer Center in Wheeling, W.Va., and the Open Channel Foundation, a nonprofit unit of Open Channel Software Inc. of Chicago, are publishing the NASA Classics collection and they are available
. One should note that the software, known as "NASA Classics" right now is not free to download but that should be happening soon enough.
Open Channel Foundation it should be noted is a aggregator of Open Source Software for the scientific and engineering community taking packages and applications and attempting to build communities around these development projects. For those applications that have large enough interest they colaborate with their sister company, Open Channel Software to provide the investment and support services required to successfully market these solutions to the commercial market.