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[News] GNU/Linux and GPL Code Enters European Cars

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CeBIT 2009: Starting Shot for Linux in Automobiles 

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| Thinking of buying a BMW, a Peugeot or a Citroen in the near future? If you 
| are then the chances are pretty good that you'll be buying an automobile with 
| a small Linux computer behind the middle console   


Genivi shows why open source is good for business

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| The automotive industry consortium, Genivi, has been announced. Its aims are 
| to produce a common Linux-based stack to run the user-level electronics in 
| cars — entertainment, navigation, information systems, and so on. It all 
| sounds perfectly sensible, but it's far smarter than that. It's actually a 
| good example of why open source is good for business, even outside the 
| software industry itself.     
| [...]
| It's up to the Genivi Alliance itself to choose which licence it uses for its 
| reference stack — parts will be covered by the GPL, at least — but a good 
| open source licence will ensure that no one manufacturer in the alliance gets 
| to dictate what the others are able to do in their products, and none of them 
| will have to pay ongoing or per-product licensing fees just to use the stack.    



Open source vs. Microsoft: Automotive battlefield

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| The competition between Microsoft and open-source software reaches into the
| automotive space with the announcement of a new alliance among automakers and
| technology providers called Genivi. The goal of the alliance is to build a
| Linux stack that will provide a common architecture for automotive
| infotainment systems.


Linux provides affordable alternative for Honda car dealership

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| It's no secret that the UK's car industry is suffering badly in the economic
| downturn. Whilst giant US car manufacturers face bankrupcy and the UK
| government considers providing emergency credit to  Jaguar-Landrover, other
| industry players must look at innovative solutions to remain competitive.
| Nestling in the heart of Surrey, Trident Honda first considered Open Source
| software when they were faced with an eye-watering £75,000 to 'update' their
| existing Citrix MetaFrame infrastructure.



Car dealership uses Asterisk VoIP to stay on "cutting edge"

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| Now that Stear's having a good experience with open source, he's
| considering adding more to the IT mix at O'Brien. "I'd like to put
| some file servers on the network without paying Microsoft all that
| licensing money," he says. He's already got Red Hat Linux on the
| two servers running Asterisk, and several traditional open source
| tools for network monitoring and administration, including MRTG
| and OpenNMS.

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