Linux supporters are making several moves to allay potential user concerns over the lawsuits filed by The SCO Group. The Open Source Development Labs consortium hopes to establish a $10 million legal fund with donations from concerned users and corporations (www.osdl.org/newsroom/press_releases/2004/2004_01_12_beaverton.html). Companies such as Novell Inc., which just acquired SUSE Linux Corp., are making sure customers won't be hit by legal issues (www.novell.com/licensing/indemnity). Novell recently established an indemnification program that protects them from copyright infringement payouts.
More and more robots are becoming more autonomous all the time. Now Lockheed Martin has completed a demo mission with two completely autonomous robotic vehicles performing resupply, reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition.
Producing high-quality end-production metal parts with additive manufacturing for applications like aerospace and medical requires very tightly controlled processes and materials. New standards and guidelines for machines and processes, materials, and printed parts are underway from bodies such as ASTM International.
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