[News] [Linux] US Government-based Coalition Chooses GNU/Linux for Very Large Project

[News] [Linux] US Government-based Coalition Chooses GNU/Linux for Very Large Project

Post by Roy Schest » Wed, 23 May 2007 13:28:35

A Linux computer in every garage?

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| A U.S. government- and industry-led coalition aiming to equip every car
| and roadside in America with wirelessly connected computers has tapped
| Linux for a prototype design.


[News] [Linux] US Government-based Coalition Chooses GNU/Linux for Very Large Project

Post by [H]ome » Wed, 23 May 2007 15:23:25

Verily I say unto thee, that Roy Schestowitz spake thusly:

Expect Microsoft and Intel to come wading in like 800lb gorillas, any


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[News] [Linux] US Government-based Coalition Chooses GNU/Linux for Very Large Project

Post by Roy Schest » Wed, 23 May 2007 16:48:14

__/ [ [H]omer ] on Tuesday 22 May 2007 07:23 \__

Intel will "dump" some cheap $0.01 appliances on the government until the
competition dies from hunger. It turns out that it's similar to the analogy
or wording used by Nick. The guy dedicates years of his life to helping
billions of children (potentially). Will Intel sell a billion laptops and
devour a loss of $200 on each?

This one will become a classic example of monopoly abuse.

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[News] [Linux] US Government-based Coalition Chooses GNU/Linux for Very Large Project

Post by John Lock » Wed, 23 May 2007 16:53:06

This is Linux territory. Hopefully they have brains enough to stay
away. If not, they're in for a real battle.

[News] [Linux] US Government-based Coalition Chooses GNU/Linux for Very Large Project

Post by The Ghost » Thu, 24 May 2007 00:26:09

n comp.os.linux.advocacy, [H]omer
on Tue, 22 May 2007 07:23:25 +0100

Depends. Anyone else wanna bring up the BMW fiasco? ;-)
Not to mention a certain aircraft carrier (the USS
Yorktown) that had to be towed back into port because of a
combination of malfunctions, all due to bad software design
(not entirely on Microsoft's part, though the LAN failure
didn't help).


As any mathematician will tell you, division by zero has to be
handled carefully -- but it shouldn't cause a LAN crash.

Granted, the Yorktown was being used as a testbed for the
software, which was rushed into service. Seems someone
forgot to actually ask the engineers during the proposal.

While BMW may not have been using Windows for their
interior control system, the spectre of Microsoft
malfunctions hangs over Redmond like a ghastly pall,
so the following story, true or not, is believable to
some extent.


Trouble is, Snopes knows nothing of this particular incident
(though it knows of a few others). I'd assign it a "gray".

The dumb thing is: every car I've ever seen (though
I've not been in a Beemer lately) with auto-locking
doors has a manual override (just pull it out with your
thumb, or in the older model, up with thumb and fingers).
BMW's engineering is generally extremely good; to fail this
spectacularly is very odd. To be sure, I have a '96 Saturn
that had some strange (and expensive) electrical problems
that turned out to be caused by the alarm system -- which
basically had to be cut out; perhaps it got confused or
shorted out. Hard to say at this point. Perhaps the Thai
minister's official car had a similar issue.

The options list for a 325i does mention an optional
onboard computer (for $300) and a navigation system


So does the M3:


and it's clear that many people are biased towards
believing that it's Microsoft's software at fault -- since
they have good evidence that Microsoft software likes
to go down a little too often, and embarrassingly so.
(Heck, there's a sign I pass on my way to work that said
"Severe application error" or some such. Hope the ad
maker got a refund...)

It's a weird looking 800 pound zombie gorilla. (Ew.)

A search for the Yorktown coughed up, among other things,


which appears to be a fairly ancient blog, though "Monday,
February 26" is consistent with 2007 but could also be
1996; "Monday, January 30" is in 2006 or 1995; "Sunday,
November 28" is in 2004 or 1993. (Since NT was released
in 1995, the 1993 value is rather unlikely.)

The crash pictures are mildly interesting.

Useless C++ Programming Idea #104392:
for(int i = 0; i < 1000000; i++) sleep(0);

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