Laminar Research Releases X-Plane 9

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| While not exactly a game, Laminar Research has announced the release of
| X-Plane 9.0. X-Plane is a multi-platform (Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows)
| flight simulator, but unlike FlightGear and other open-source simulators,
| this is meant to be a life-like training exercise. X-Plane is so realistic
| that it has been certified by the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) here
| in the United States for use as a training utility. X-Plane 9 has been in
| beta for some time, but X-Plane 9.00 has now officially been released.


FAA May Ditch Microsoft's Windows Vista And Office For Google And Linux Combo

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| Bowen said he's in talks with the aviation safety agency's main
| hardware supplier, Dell Computer, to determine if it could
| deliver Linux-based computers capable of accessing Google
| Apps through a non-Microsoft browser once the FAA's XP-based
| computers pass their shelf life.

Can Google and Linux Topple Microsoft?

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| The story had a certain flair. In early March, the chief information
| officer of the Federal Aviation Administration, David Bowen, was
| reportedly considering forsaking Microsoft Windows and Office in
| favor of the Linux operating system and the Web-based Google Apps
| Premium office suite.