Linux powers AR-15 rifle targeting system

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Linux powers an AR-15 rifle

Ars Technica has a fascinating article about how Linux powers an AR-15 rifle targeting system.

At CES, the company showed Hutchinson a new “precision guided firearm” in an AR-15 form factor. The gun combines a TI OMAP processor and its sensors to produce the same kind of assisted aiming Hutchinson first saw in an unwieldy bolt-action hunting rifle.

In the video above, Hutchinson talks about Tracking Point’s response to potential controversy, the differences between models, and new military and paramilitary uses that could open up now that the precision guided firearm is more like what those groups actually use.

Linux AR-15 Rifle
Image credit: Tracking Point
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A few days back I posted a story about a crock-pot powered by Linux, but I had no idea that Linux is also used for firearms targeting systems. What an interesting application for an operating system.

I have an AR-15 and it's a very fun gun to shoot. It's light-weight, with little recoil and is quite comfortable to hold. However, my AR-15 doesn't even have a scope on it. I can't imagine how much easier it would be to shoot long range targets with a Linux-powered targeting system like the one mentioned in the article.

The price of these rifles isn't cheap though, I checked the Tracking Point announcement and they seem to start at $9950. Wow. My AR-15 only cost me about $1200 or so. Getting one with such an advanced targeting system certainly isn't going to be cheap.

Linux just keeps proliferating in device after device. Just when I think I've seen it all, some new device pops up and I'm left amazed at how Linux is being used in so many different industries.

Dual boot Ubuntu Touch and Android on Nexus

OMG! Ubuntu! features a walk-through on how to dual boot Android and Ubuntu Touch on Nexus phones.

Trying Ubuntu Touch on your smartphone or tablet was made much easier recently with the launch of a new dual-boot mode, enabling Canonical’s mobile OS to be installed alongside Android.

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I don't have a Nexus phone so I can't try this, but please post in the comments if you've tried it. I'm curious to know how well it works, and if you enjoy dual booting Android and Ubuntu Touch.

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