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NASA Launches Open Source Portal

Soulskill posted more than 2 years ago | from the not-your-typical-nasa-launch dept.

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sproketboy writes "NASA has launched code.nasa.gov, which will become a portal for NASA's open source software development activities. In its current form, it hosts a directory of the organization's open source software projects and provides documentation about NASA's open source software processes."

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Disappointed (4, Funny)

JustAnotherIdiot (1980292) | more than 2 years ago | (#38613544)

I thought NASA created a worm hole of sorts and was going to open source that.
This news is much less exciting ):

Re:Disappointed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38613570)

Now you're thinking with Portals!

You should probably cut that out, it's not healthy.

Wait... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38613566)

so now I can write code that might go into space one day?

Re:Wait... (4, Funny)

g0bshiTe (596213) | more than 2 years ago | (#38613588)

My functions are already out of this world.

why isn't it public domain? (1)

Trepidity (597) | more than 2 years ago | (#38613684)

I would've thought that NASA-written code (not licensed from contractors) would be in the public domain as a U.S. federal government work, just like NASA photographs are. Is there a reason that isn't the case?

Re:why isn't it public domain? (1)

Tsingi (870990) | more than 2 years ago | (#38613792)

I would've thought that NASA-written code (not licensed from contractors) would be in the public domain as a U.S. federal government work, just like NASA photographs are. Is there a reason that isn't the case?

I poked around briefly and did not find any mention of the license they will be using.

Re:why isn't it public domain? (2)

Trepidity (597) | more than 2 years ago | (#38613928)

They have their own custom license, the NASA Open Source Agreement [nasa.gov] .

Re:why isn't it public domain? (2)

rwv (1636355) | more than 2 years ago | (#38614010)

I dug very briefly into the Vision Workbench tool and found code labeled (paraphrasing) "Property of US Government via NASA: All Right Reserved". They should do a basic sanity check for this before publishing something and claiming it's Open.

Re:why isn't it public domain? (1)

Sarten-X (1102295) | more than 2 years ago | (#38614420)

As Microsoft will be quick to tell you, there are many different forms of "open", and only a few of them exempt you from getting screwed.

Funded by NASA = public domain? (1)

ivi (126837) | more than 2 years ago | (#38618538)

Or, now that I have no length limit to my line:

Funded by NASA => owned by US Gov't AND also public domain

So, what's the problem... It never said NOT Public Domain. :-)

Re:why isn't it public domain? (2)

ch-chuck (9622) | more than 2 years ago | (#38614418)

Would be much more GNU like if they came up with something like 'Nasa Available Source Agreement', NASA, but NOSA?
Guess we should be happy they didn't use 'Nasa Open Source Entitlement'.

Re:why isn't it public domain? (1)

gmhowell (26755) | more than 2 years ago | (#38627352)

Would be much more GNU like if they came up with something like 'Nasa Available Source Agreement', NASA, but NOSA?
Guess we should be happy they didn't use 'Nasa Open Source Entitlement'.

They tried, but found that N.O.S.E. was wholly incompatible with Stallman's.... aura.

Re:why isn't it public domain? (1)

rwv (1636355) | more than 2 years ago | (#38614036)

I'm not sure how much NASA does in-house. I assume a whole bunch of the interesting bits are done by contractors and are ITAR restricted.

Re:why isn't it public domain? (1)

Bomazi (1875554) | more than 2 years ago | (#38614358)

Why do you believe it isn't the case ? Anything NASA writes in-house is in the public domain, by law. Any copyright notice or restriction you might see has been added by an over-zealous employee and can be safely ignored.

Re:why isn't it public domain? (1)

rahvin112 (446269) | more than 2 years ago | (#38617384)

I still remember when NASA employees had written most of the Ethernet drivers in Linux.

This is the license they use (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38613844)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NASA_Open_Source_Agreement [wikipedia.org]

Oh... and their projects are hosted at GitHub https://github.com/nasa/ [github.com] . That website in the summary is just the Homepage of those NASA projects hosted at GitHub.

Open Source Doors? (1)

kiehlster (844523) | more than 2 years ago | (#38613850)

I thought doors were in public domain since the angels rolled away the stone in front of Jesus' tome.

Re:Open Source Doors? (1)

Anomalyst (742352) | more than 2 years ago | (#38614550)

Jesus' tome.

I didnt think J had written or owned a book of note, the writings of him are purported to be those of his disciples.

Re:Open Source Doors? (1)

kiehlster (844523) | more than 2 years ago | (#38616694)

Alas! I've let out the secret in err! Fouled again by dyslexia!

Schematics (1, Funny)

TeXMaster (593524) | more than 2 years ago | (#38613958)

Damn, and here I was, hoping that NASA had had the Portal technology for some time and that they were finally releasing the schematics for the Portal gun ...

Re:Schematics (1)

TheRealMindChild (743925) | more than 2 years ago | (#38615036)

Well, for it to be effective, you need millions of pounds of moon rocks, unless of course you hope to throw the other end of the portal on the moon. However, I can't imagine Wheatly would be so appreciative.

Re:Schematics (1)

stms (1132653) | more than 2 years ago | (#38615178)

My first thought was the same. My second thought was "the post is a lie!!!".

Cave Johnson must be furious (4, Funny)

pezpunk (205653) | more than 2 years ago | (#38614210)

first Black Mesa steals all his contracts, now NASA open-sources his IP.

N.A.S.A (1)

Tyrannosaur (2485772) | more than 2 years ago | (#38614258)

National Aperture Science Administration

Re:N.A.S.A (1)

kdemetter (965669) | more than 2 years ago | (#38620458)

Still Alive, Still Alive ...

Modern VCS (3, Insightful)

l0b0 (803611) | more than 2 years ago | (#38614488)

GitHub repos? Looks like somebody over there has a clue.

Re:Modern VCS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38618150)

Didn't you hear?
All the cool kids are using Mercurial.

Re:Modern VCS (1)

narf314 (932332) | more than 2 years ago | (#38625344)

I've been pushing for Git at NASA since I started working (recent college grad) so I'm glad to see that it is starting to get traction in some areas. This is going in my bag of reasons why my group should switch as well!

Not free software (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38614722)

So... who gives a fuck?

This is neat (1)

cshark (673578) | more than 2 years ago | (#38615314)

I'm taking apart the level of difficulty calculator now. This is USEFUL!

Yeez (0)

Severus Snape (2376318) | more than 2 years ago | (#38618828)

All these counties really are broke..

Good for India & emerging countries (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38623754)

Indian AC posting -

I have a doubt if this will for very long, but this is good for countries like India and China and Eastern Europe. We didn't have the same head start but now we are progressing faster, this will help a lot.

It seems unfair that U.S. taxpayers paid for this and then the whole world gets the technology but I am not complaining.

Is there a link to download the code for the space probes? Is it written or Java or C++ or what please?

OMG _ its that slow! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38626918)

they started this project FIVE YEARS AGO at least - its just open to the public now?!?

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