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Open source helicopters trivialize Europe's ODF troubles

Computer Weekly - While technocrats in Westminster and Brussels cringe over the question of open document formats, the US military is planning a generation of open source helicopters.

This is not just a generation of helicopters. It is the next generation of US military helicopter. It'll be built on open standards, and will actively court open source systems suppliers.

The US Army issued an official request for information on the proposal last week, formally kick-starting a procurement that will make the pedestrian kerfuffle over document formats in civvy street seem, well, pedestrian.

It has already shone an unforgiving light on the question of royalties - one that has undermined every civil administration that has attempted to implement an open standards policy in Europe.