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…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)

Siemens VDO Chooses ARTiSAN Studio for Automotive Powertrain Software Development

CHELTENHAM, England, Oct. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- ARTiSAN Software Tools, a global leader for UML 2 and SysML-based real-time systems and software modeling tools, has announced that Siemens VDO has chosen ARTiSAN Studio as the principal embedded software development tool for its automotive powertrain control units. Siemens VDO has extensive experience in software development for embedded systems but the demands of today's automotive market are such that increasingly complex software systems need to be built. It was clear to Siemens VDO that successful software development for its automotive powertrain control units would require a seamless process that encompasses both modeling and design, creating a need for a standardized modeling language supported by a flexible tool-based environment. The choice of UML meant the adoption of an increasingly widespread standard that ... (more)

GM's IT Restructuring Does Not Convince Me

Information Week has published an interview with GM’s CIO discussing the impact of the bankruptcy on the two-billion-IT operations of this huge corporation. After reading this article, I’m pretty sure that GM’s IT is doomed. The chances are slim that they will turn themselves into leaner and agile organization as it should be in 21st century. The article reveals “In 2006, GM awarded about $7B (!) in IT contracts to EDS, Capgemini, Hewlett-Packard, IBM and others, and earmarked another $7 billion or so for additional contracts in following years. Szygenda has a history of demanding that outsourcers change their operational practices to fit GM’s needs. One example is their creation of global teams to work on GM accounts”. Now let me explain how I read this interesting paragraph. These leeches , a.k.a. global consulting firms were charging $200p/h for mediocre consultant... (more)

Linux Foundation Announces 2013 Event and Co-Located Linux Training Schedule

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)

Land Rover Santa Barbara Celebrates Drivers’ Choice Award Presented for 2013 Range Rover

Land Rover’s newest model beats out competition in MotorWeek’s Drivers’ Choice Awards for 2013. Santa Barbara, CA, 2013 – Land Rover Santa Barbara is pleased to announce that the all-new 2013 Range Rover has been named “Best Dream Machine” by MotorWeek as part of the journal’s 2013 Drivers’ Choice Awards.  The award was presented last month at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. “We are pleased to be honored with this award,” shares Land Rover Santa Barbara General Manager, Scott Westbrook.  “The 2013 Land Rover Range Rover definitely sets a new standard for the automotive industry thanks to its increased utility and luxury design and performance.” President of Jaguar Land Rover North America, Andy Goss, was present at the auto show to receive the award for the company.  At the ceremony he stated, “We appreciate the experts at MotorWeek acknowledging the new Range Rover as... (more)

Driving in the Cloud

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)

India Media and Entertainment Industry 2013

NEW YORK, Dec. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: India Media and Entertainment Industry 2013 http://www.reportlinker.com/p01593381/India-Media-and-Entertainment-Industry-2013.html#utm_source=prnewswire&utm_medium=pr&utm_campaign=Leisure This is the most in-depth report on the Indian Media and Entertainment Industry currently available prepared by a combination of International and Indian researchers who know the market inside and out. If you're a media owner looking to enter the Indian market or need to keep abreast of key changes and developments, this is the report you need to keep you up-to-date in this fast moving, rapidly growing market. This Report dives the Indian macro economy, and provides a thorough overview of the media landscape in India. The report outlines who the important ... (more)

How to Develop Apps for Vehicles

Author Peter Rogers Principal Mobility Architect, CognizantVisionMobile recently published one of the best reports on apps for vehicles that I have read (http://www.visionmobile.com/product/apps-for-cars-mileage-may-vary/).  It 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 fragmentation. 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 telecom... (more)

CORRECTING and REPLACING Android and the Open Automotive Alliance Shift into the Next Gear

Please replace the release dated June 25, 2014, with the following corrected version due to multiple revisions. The corrected release reads: ANDROID AND THE OPEN AUTOMOTIVE ALLIANCE SHIFT INTO THE NEXT GEAR The Open Automotive Alliance welcomes new members, as the connected car begins to take shape The Open Automotive Alliance (OAA) -- a coalition of tech companies and auto industry leaders committed to bringing the Android platform to cars -- welcomed a number of new members into the alliance: Alpine Bentley Clarion CloudCar Delphi FIAT Chrysler Ford Freescale FUJITSU TEN HARMAN       Infiniti JVCKENWOOD LG Maserati Mazda Mitsubishi Nissan Panasonic Parrot Pioneer     Renault Renesas SEAT Škoda Subaru Suzuki Symphony Teleca Volkswagen Volvo These new members, who join OAA founding members Audi, GM, Google, Honda, Hyundai and NVIDIA, hail from around the world and r... (more)

Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group Will No Longer Participate in the Expedia Preferred Partner Program

TULSA, Okla., April 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Inc. today announced that the Company's brands, Dollar Rent A Car and Thrifty Car Rental, will no longer participate in the Expedia Preferred Partner Program, effective May 1, 2005. The Preferred Partner Program provides participating rental car suppliers the opportunity to prominently market their products on the Expedia travel Web site. In 2004, Expedia-generated rentals represented approximately 7 percent of DTG's total revenue. Dollar and Thrifty are continuing discussions with Expedia regarding participation on the Expedia travel Web site. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20020412/DTGLOGO ) Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Inc. is a Fortune 1000 Company headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Driven by the mission "Value Every Time," the Company's brands, Dollar Rent A Car and ... (more)

Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group Will No Longer Participate in the Expedia Preferred Partner Program

TULSA, Okla., April 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Inc. today announced that the Company's brands, Dollar Rent A Car and Thrifty Car Rental, will no longer participate in the Expedia Preferred Partner Program, effective May 1, 2005. The Preferred Partner Program provides participating rental car suppliers the opportunity to prominently market their products on the Expedia travel Web site. In 2004, Expedia-generated rentals represented approximately 7 percent of DTG's total revenue. Dollar and Thrifty are continuing discussions with Expedia regarding participation on the Expedia travel Web site. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20020412/DTGLOGO ) Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Inc. is a Fortune 1000 Company headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Driven by the mission "Value Every Time," the Company's brands, Dollar Rent A Car and ... (more)