The proliferation of drone and drone tech throughout the world has been increasing quite a lot over the past few years, especially with hobbyists and the commercial sector. The Linux Foundation has decided to jump in on open source project Dronecode to give it a much larger open source push that will help everyone out.
Dronecode is currently being used by hobbyists and agricultural companies, the latter for surveying crops and spraying large fields in the same manner as crop dusters. New companies have joined the project, from hobbyist suppliers 3D Robotics, jDrones and Walkera, to commercial companies such as SkyWard, Squadron System and DroneDeploy.
We spoke to Jim Zemlin, president of the Linux Foundation, about the project last week:
“This is actually already a fairly mature product, it has 1200 developers and some of the projects can have 150 commits a day…but the time was right to transfer the chair of development to a neutral organisation, and the Linux Foundation specialises in managing these kind of large scale development projects.”
The full interview will be making an appearance in a future issue or Linux User & Developer. You can visit the Dronecode website for more details.