…all this and more in this week’s compendium of open source news!
Two Steps Forward, One Step Back
Sounds like a Strauss Waltz? Almost. After 10 years the city of Munich’s
love affair with open source may be coming to an end. Despite saving $16
million by using the custom Linux distribution LiMux, the city is considering
switching back to Windows due to user complaints. Read more about the
motives surrounding the discussion at Network World.
Governments on GitHub
Governments across the globe have long been dabbling with open source
software. Use of Open Source products like OpenOffice, Linux and Drupal are
becoming commonplace. To further this trend, many governments are beginning
to open source their own code as illustrated by the 10,000 active government
users on GitHub. You could argue that since it is our taxes, then the code
should be open. Read more abo... (more)
Author Peter Rogers
Architect, CognizantVisionMobile recently published one of the best reports
on apps for vehicles that I have read
is frustrating with how difficult it is to actually get an app approved for
use in a car. Here are some of the unique challenges:
· Safety first considerations (like driver
distraction)· Long sales and car vendor app approval
process· Car vendor led UX and ideation
processes· Low risk strategies for selecting apps·
Deal negotiation skills requirement· Massive market
The analogy VisionMobile offers is one that I remember vividly myself. That
of running a small mobile games company (back before the days of iOS and
Android App Stores around ) and trying to get a deal with a
The Internet of Things (IoT) has made an appearance in just about every
industry (including automotive) that uses automation and has opened the door
for the automation of pretty much anything and everything. Today, there are
more devices than people and by 2020 there is expected to be 26 Billion –
50 Billion internet connected devices being used throughout the world.
If one thing is true – and if the staggering stats above are any
indication – we’re headed towards a fully connected world at a very
high speed. Think about everything we can do now that wasn’t possible just
a few years ago. We can lock our doors and shut off the thermostat from an
app on our phone. At the push of a button, we can buy laundry detergent and
have it shipped to our home. Industries with geographically dispersed
and remotely located assets can cost-effectively add sensors and smart
Victor Cruz has actually touched on a few interesting points in his article
“Safe Driving in the Cloud: A Black Box for Cars”.
The fact is that car companies have lately shifted their focus towards
increasing security for passengers and drivers altogether and that is why
they came up with the idea of introducing a black box for cars. This might be
a bit strange as many people have said, but the reasons to why they came to
this decision are actually very solid.
For instance, when an aircraft crashes, investigators will eventually be able
to retrieve the data that was recorded during flight and analyze what
actually went wrong. It’s a measure that has helped with designing safer
airplanes and as a result, save people’s lives. Now, getting back to the
black box itself, the box is not actually black.
It will only be black after the investigators retrieve it from the char... (more)
Linux Networx has announced that AISIN AW Co., one of the leading providers
of automotive transmissions, is using a Linux Networx Supersystem to enhance
product design efforts. The new system is tuned for use with ANSYS CFX and
accelerates AISIN's ability to develop new transmissions by allowing them to
more easily and efficiently analyze complex fluid flows. The Linux Networx
Supersystem enables AISIN to minimize the reliance on testing actual
prototypes by giving them the power to more easily and efficiently simulate
designs. This results in faster time-to-market, reduced cost-to-market and
the development of safer and higher quality transmissions for customers
including Toyota, Audi, Volkswagen and Volvo.
"Linux Networx Supersystems deliver industry-leading price performance making
the choice easy for us," said Takeshi Yamaguchi, senior specialist,
simulation dev... (more)
VaST Systems announced the appointment of automotive electronics industry
veteran Marios Zenios to the VaST board of directors.
Zenios has served as a strategic advisor to the company helping VaST form
industry initiatives that create more complete virtualization solutions for
end customers. Previously, as a senior Motorola executive, Zenios spearheaded
the development and adoption of automotive electronics systems at global
automotive suppliers and OEMs. Zenios has more than 20 years of automotive,
telematics, and communications experience.
"In my new position as a VaST board member, I’m focused on helping VaST
develop strategies that maximize the value of its unique virtualization
solutions in the automotive and electronics industry. It is a great honor to
be part of VaST at such a pivotal time in the company and the
industry,” Zenios said.
"Marios is... (more)
Meta System Spa and Wavecom have announced that they are collaborating to
develop two joint automotive telematics solutions. The companies are both
suppliers to the automotive market: Meta System, a MetaSystem Group company
specializes in research, development and production of electronics applied to
advanced safety systems for motor vehicle market, while Wavecom dominates the
market for wireless communication solutions for the automotive industry.
The first joint solution is an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) platform
for automotive telematics, with particular focus on the following
functionalities: eCall (emergency call), stolen vehicle tracking, remote
diagnostics and fleet management. A variant of the platform will integrate
HSDPA/HSUPA technologies with the Wavecom Q26 Extreme product. The platform
will permit high-speed connectivity and targets high-end t... (more)
How To Put the Brakes on Their Five Major Marketing Mistakes
If you were to imagine an eNewsletter from BMW, you would probably expect it
to lead off with a picture something like the one to the right.
As a BMW owner, you tend to be a certain kind of person. The folks at BMW
have understood your persona well over decades in the United States.
That’s why I’m mystified at the June 2009 eNewsletter from Germain BMW of
I love my BMW. I think Germain BMW is a terrific dealership. But, I hate
their eNewsletter. Why? Because it has almost nothing to do with the BMW
brand promise: BMW—The Ultimate Driving Machine. In fact, the eNewsletter
is so bad, I can only imagine it must be a stealth product of the federal
government’s new car Czar organization.
Call me crazy but when I get an eNewsletter that has something to do with
BMW, I expect that it would deliver on... (more)
I don't know who this man is talking on behalf of General Motors but he
sounds like the most incompetent job applicant college graduate who is
participating in Donald Trump's Your Are Fired "Apprentice" TV show. If what
he is saying right now is what GM was supposed to do in company's recent
history, and if this man was part of this company's management team, he must
immediately be removed from whatever job he is doing today, on July 10, 2009.
Please listen to his entire opening speech on launching this "exciting new
company." Very nice Mr. GM Man, what you are saying is very nice indeed. Why
didn't the company do all this in the past 50 years as Japanese took over the
country like cockroaches? GM was one of the most badly managed companies in
the world. GM is a Harvard MBA case study on how not to run a company. The GM
image burned in my brain is the private jet... (more)
Shanghai, China - 11th October 2012 - Codethink, a provider of software
engineering services for mobile and embedded devices, has unveiled and
demonstrated Baserock Embedded Linux at the GENIVI automotive industry trade
association meeting for in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) standards in Shanghai,
China. Codethink showed a full upgrade of a Linux system image kernel from
version 3.2 to 3.6 in less than 10 minutes showing how the engineer tool
saves vast amounts of developer time. The Linux 3.6 kernel is the latest
stable kernel released on 1 October 2012.
"I'm very excited to be able to take the wraps off Baserock Embedded Linux
for the global GENIVI community meeting," says Paul Sherwood, Codethink's
CEO. "Baserock's all-native, fully traceable workflow and
direct-from-upstream design makes it an ideal solution for tracking the
developing GENIVI Baseline requirement... (more)
The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating
the growth of Linux, today announced its 2013 event and co-located Linux
training schedule. The organization is also opening the Call for
Presentations (CFPs) for its 2013 event lineup, which includes LinuxCon
conferences in North America, Japan and Europe.
LinuxCon North America and CloudOpen will take place this year in New
Orleans, La., where they will be co-located with the Linux Plumbers
Conference. LinuxCon Japan will take place in Tokyo in 2013 and will be
co-located with the Automotive Linux Summit Spring event. LinuxCon Europe
will be in Edinburgh, UK, along with Linux Kernel Summit, the Automotive
Linux Summit Fall event, and Embedded Linux Conference Europe.
The Linux Foundation this year will offer a combined 15 events worldwide.
These events will include 13 co-located Linux train... (more)