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The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, today announced that Toyota is its newest member.

A major shift is underway in the automotive industry. Carmakers are using new technologies to deliver on consumer expectations for the same connectivity in their cars as they’ve come to expect in their homes and offices. From dashboard computing to In-Vehicle-Infotainment (IVI), automobiles are becoming the latest wireless devices â€" on wheels.

The Linux operating system is providing a common platform that helps connect the world’s network of devices, including cars. As an open source operating system, it provides automakers and their partners the flexibility they require to bring to market the latest technology features quickly.

Toyota is joining The Linux Foundation as a Gold member to maximize its own investment in Linux while fostering open innovation throughout the automotive ecosystem.

“Linux gives us the flexibility and technology maturity we require to evolve our In-Vehicle-Infotainment and communications systems to address the expectations of our customers,†said Kenichi Murata, Project General Manager, Electronics Development Div. 1, TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION. “The Linux Foundation provides us with a neutral forum in which we can collaborate with the world’s leading technology companies on open innovation that accelerates that evolution.â€

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I'm sure the linux price tag gave them some motivation. Still, glad to see this. Just as long as they don't base it on OpenSuse
 

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yay, now i can get pissed about various media not working in my car
 

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I'm sure the linux price tag gave them some motivation. Still, glad to see this. Just as long as they don't base it on OpenSuse


What's wrong with OpenSuse? It's a pretty decent distro.

I just wonder if we're going to see Toyota's with MeeGo since MeeGo has an IVI (In Vehicle Infotainment) version already up and running. That would be pretty cool.
 

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What's wrong with OpenSuse? It's a pretty decent distro.
I use it at work, Ubuntu at home and Fedora at school, and it's my least favorite of them all.
 

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I use it at work, Ubuntu at home and Fedora at school, and it's my least favorite of them all.
That's probably because it's the weird one at of the bunch. It has it's quirks I'll give you that.

So, I want Toyota to advertise they use Linux in their cars. That would be a great start to building something.
 

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yay, now i can get pissed about various media not working in my car
Hahaha oh yes, I've had my fair share of struggles in this category as well.
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You are a perfect example of why this forum needs a negative reputation option.
Oh simmer down now, we all know that you have to do a little homework to get DVD and MP3 playback working in Linux.
 
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