NASA releases classic software to public domain

NASA releases classic software to public domain

NASA turned 43 this month and marked the occasion by releasing more than 200 of its scientific and engineering applications for public use. The modular Fortran programs can be modified, compiled and run on most Linux platforms.

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, available at www.openchannelsoftware.com.

The Byrd center already distributes more than 500 programs created by NASA developers, said the center's president, Joseph Allen, in a statement. Open Channel Software now has access to those programs and 'will help NASA promote open-source software for the public benefit,' Allen said.

The classic programs, tested and debugged over the past 30 years, serve a variety of purposes such as meteorology, flow analysis, decision-making and modeling. The Open Channel site also offers open-source software for Internet browsing, e-commerce and e-mail systems.

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