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Linuxcon: BMW might use Linux in future cars

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Thu Oct 27 2011, 15:15

GERMAN CAR MAKER BMW spoke about how it might use Linux for in-car entertainment at Linuxcon Europe in Prague today.

In a panel on providing high performance we heard that we could see Linux being adopted for use in car entertainment systems in future BMW vehicles. The firm is looking into it and thinks that it's a valid possibility.

Andreas Poschl, an IT Specialist at BMW said, "We are looking into Linux for the car. We also see the possibility of Linux in the car, especially for the entertainment. All the stuff that does some interaction with the user. That is a valid possibility,"

The firm uses Linux for mission critical systems such as its large servers and has been using the operating system since 2003.

Poschl said, "We are doing business critical stuff with Linux. Linux is high quality, high performance, flexible."

One problem it has encountered with using Linux is the lack of testing on large systems. BMW runs Linux on extremely large systems that push it to the limits, so he would like to see more testing for these big applications.

He said, "What's not that good to us or what we would to see improved - sometimes we encounter the problem that it seems like a lot of stuff is tested on smaller systems." µ


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