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    Phoronix: BMW Continues Making Great Progress With Linux

    In recent years we have seen prominent automobile manufacturer BMW engaging more with open-source and Linux. At this week's Open-Source Summit Europe / Embedded Linux Conference Europe they talked more about their increasing usage of Linux from their assembly line to within automobiles...

    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...BMW-Linux-2019

  • #2
    Excellent, but what it mean for users?

    OK, I understand that car it is not silly toy like phone, so "modding" or system change cannot be easily accessible, but there could be for example use open standards, etc. It would be nice to have some GPL applications that could connect with car system for statistics/diagnostics/etc. - and it could be nice to have such programs on Linux.

    Linux is adored by companies, because they could take it almost for free and then sell it with proprietary "addons" that will harvest user data only for them. User in such situations likely do not have benefits from that (for example Android).

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Danniello View Post
      Excellent, but what it mean for users?

      OK, I understand that car it is not silly toy like phone, so "modding" or system change cannot be easily accessible,
      Car modding is a thing. A niche, but it exists.

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      • #4
        Great BMW! Welcome to the 21st century.
        Now you can join the club with Tesla, Volvo and probably a few more.
        Last edited by milkylainen; 11-02-2019, 02:22 PM.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Danniello View Post
          Excellent, but what it mean for users?

          OK, I understand that car it is not silly toy like phone, so "modding" or system change cannot be easily accessible, but there could be for example use open standards, etc. It would be nice to have some GPL applications that could connect with car system for statistics/diagnostics/etc. - and it could be nice to have such programs on Linux.

          Linux is adored by companies, because they could take it almost for free and then sell it with proprietary "addons" that will harvest user data only for them. User in such situations likely do not have benefits from that (for example Android).
          There is nothing inherent to Linux that makes it more accessible to the outside world (beside source availability of course).
          Linux does not care how userspace looks or feels. Nor does it care about any specific init system, c library or filesystem topology.
          But people tend to think of Linux as the standard kernel, a somewhat standard init system and equally a file-system that people do recognize.
          Last edited by milkylainen; 11-02-2019, 12:30 PM.

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          • #6
            Michael You forgot the (IMO) most important bullet point:

            - Used SuperTuxKart to demo the capabilities of their infotainment system

            Not using binary blobs and stuff is cool, but SUPERTUXKART!!!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by QwertyChouskie View Post
              Michael You forgot the (IMO) most important bullet point:

              - Used SuperTuxKart to demo the capabilities of their infotainment system

              Not using binary blobs and stuff is cool, but SUPERTUXKART!!!
              They should contribute to it too.

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              • #8
                Let's hope their kernel won't be tivotized. GPLv3 would fix this issue, but it's not something that people in charge have considered.

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                • #9
                  What it means is their ECU has to work up until 100k miles.

                  Then it can self-destruct with their sealed transmissions and engine bays laden with plastic crap.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by milkylainen View Post
                    Great BMW. Welcome to the 21st century.
                    Now you can join the club with Tesla, Volvo and probably a few more.
                    Actually, BMW started open-source initiatives way before any other Automotive company.
                    DLT - the most popular logger in the embedded industry, was created by BMW( https://github.com/GENIVI/dlt-daemon...master/AUTHORS ).
                    They tried to push also for open-source HMI development, but most of the other members just used the code written by BMW and were not contributing back anything.

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