EditorsAbout the SiteComes vs. MicrosoftUsing This Web SiteSite ArchivesCredibility IndexOOXMLOpenDocumentPatentsNovellNews DigestSite NewsRSS

05.17.10

GM to Compete Against Ford and Microsoft Using Google’s Linux; Microsoft Belittles Google’s Office Suite

Posted in Deception, GNU/Linux, Google, Microsoft, Open XML, OpenOffice at 2:40 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

General Motors

Summary: Google’s work in the area of Linux and the area of office suites is hurting two of Microsoft’s primary cash cows; Microsoft responds with deception and hype

WE RARELY wrote anything about “SYNC”, perhaps with a single exception. As some short background, we provide many references at the bottom [1]-[8] to show that Linux use is growing quickly inside cars and Microsoft is merely catching up and making little or no progress (with Ford and with Kia).

General Motors (GM) is said to be preparing to put Linux in the car. In this case, Android will be fitted for purposes of GM clients and news coverage includes:

Google is reportedly in talks with General Motors about putting Android into cars, allowing remote unlocking and startup while rendering GM’s OnStar product redundant.

GM is amidst negotiations with Google that could bear the fruit of an Android OS for GM’s vehicles alla Microsoft Sync and Ford. The new OS would allow users to pair their vehicles with virtually any cell phone, as well as offer some remote access options such as; remote open and start.

Google is reportedly in talks to connect its Android operating system with General Motors’ OnStar car service. If the early clues prove to be true, the Android-OnStar combination could pack a whole lot of power into the palm of your hand.

It is not just Windows and other proprietary operating systems that are going to suffer.

Google Versus Office

Google is often an enabler of Free software and GNU/Linux (or just Linux in the guts of Android), but there is more to this story because Google also produces a lot of proprietary software that disrespects the user and holds the user’s data away in the so-called ‘cloud’. We are reminded of it this week because OpenOffice.org and other Free software are left in the dark while Google and Microsoft wrestle over data and advertising using their Web-based office suites (and most of the press forgets to mention other possibilities while attention is diverted to proprietary software that swallows people's data, too).

Google is the “not Microsoft” option, OpenOffice.org is the “not proprietary” option (the same goes for GNU/Linux versus Apple in operating systems). As a new case study, here are Google and Microsoft wrestling over who might control Australia’s healthcare data.

Will e-health records be outsourced to Google, Microsoft?

OVER the past few months, federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon has kept mum on who exactly will run the proposed electronic health records system.

It would be a mistake either way, for reasons we explained before. It is a threat to national sovereignty when a foreign company holds people’s data as hostage with distantly-located proprietary software.

“It is a threat to national sovereignty when a foreign company holds people’s data as hostage with distantly-located proprietary software.”Kevin McLaughlin, who usually boosts the Microsoft monopoly, writes about the latest verbal confrontation between Google and Microsoft. Google says that Microsoft is too far behind in cloud applications and Microsoft talks trash too, aided by more of those anti-Google ‘studies’ that are sometimes manufactured by former Microsoft staff masquerading as “analysts” (biased results, obviously, as there is a lot of money at stake). According to Mary Jo Foley, Microsoft’s analyst-for-hire (liar) is at it again belittling Google, just as it belittles GNU/Linux when Microsoft pays it to do so. We’re talking about Forrester here. When results depend on who buys the ‘study’, then it’s no longer an analysis, it’s simply not research. It seems like another marketing attempt and it relies on the same type of hype they employ with Windows (“Microsoft Predicts Fastest-Ever Adoption of Office,” says the title) despite the fact that some new numbers suggest people rarely ‘upgraded’ to Office 2007 with the loathed “Ribbon”. Microsoft is just trying to sell new versions of the same product (not possible with Web-based office suites that are subscription model based) and it has used its OOXML corruption to pretend compatibility improved (the truth is exactly the opposite).
_______
[1] GENIVI Alliance to Demonstrate First Open Source-Based IVI Platform at International CES 2010

The GENIVI Alliance, an automotive industry association driving the development and adoption of an open in-vehicle Infotainment (IVI) reference platform, will be demonstrating the initial implementation of the GENIVI 1.0 platform in Las Vegas during International CES 2010, January 7th – 10th.

[2] Linux robot car targets autonomous navigation

Tokyo-based ZMP Inc. is readying a Linux-based car robotics platform designed to test automotive robots and autonomous navigation algorithms. The RoboCar is built on a 500MHz AMD Geode LX800, and offers a stereo camera, multiple sensors, and an optional image recognition module, says the company.

[3] Linux-based Autonomous RoboCar from Pino Creator

MP, the Japanese company that created the open hardware Pino humanoid robot, has announced a Linux and AMD-Geode based RoboCar (PDF format). The 6 lbs, 17 inch long RoboCar is 1/10 the size of a real car. It’s intended for use as a test platform for autonomous car technologies. While it looks like it’s made from RC car parts, the company claims the maneuvering accuracy is much higher than possible with toy cars. The hardward includes an AMD Geode LX800 processor running a soft real-time GNU/Linux system.

[4] CES: Visteon makes the connected car a reality

The GENIVI alliance, of which Visteon is a part, aims to provide a standard Linux automotive infotainment platform, so developers can easily build for multiple cars. Visteon showed off a GENIVI system running off an Intel ARM processor, and powering four different LCDs, an instrument cluster, navigation, and two rear seat monitors, simultaneously.

[5] GENIVI Alliance Strengthens Presence in Japanese Automotive Industry

Since its founding in March 2009, GENIVI has grown from eight founding members, including BMW Group, Delphi, GM, Intel, Magneti Marelli, PSA Peugeot Citroen, Visteon, and Wind River, to more than 40 members and continues to drive automotive and consumer electronics connectivity, multimedia and performance capabilities through open source adoption.

[6] Video: Open Source for Car Infotainment

Up to now the automotive branch has not been famous for its engagement in Linux and Open Source. Now the chairman of the new open source alliance Genivi is talking about motives and plans.

[7] Driver-Free Car Runs Ubuntu Linux

This automated vehicle uses a dozen Intel Core 2 processors, but at the bottom of the software stack is Ubuntu 6.06 “Dapper Drake” Linux. Ubuntu 6.06 was chosen for being an LTS (Long Term Support) release. Perhaps next year’s vehicle will be running Ubuntu 8.04?

[8] Linux Powered PS3 to be used in DARPA Urban Challenge

With four years of autonomous racing experience and using Yellow Dog Linux, San Diego’s Axion Racing is excited about showing folks other things that can be done using a PlayStation console.

Share this post: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Reddit
  • co.mments
  • DZone
  • email
  • Google Bookmarks
  • LinkedIn
  • NewsVine
  • Print
  • Technorati
  • TwitThis
  • Facebook

If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

Pages that cross-reference this one

What Else is New


  1. Links 1/9/2014: Poettering on systemd, ITNews on DBMSs

    Links for the day



  2. Moving Away From Windows to GNU/Linux and the Abandonment of Windows as the Modest Proposal These Days

    Morale of GNU/Linux and an embrace of GNU/Linux is very high, despite recent propaganda from Microsoft MVPs and boosters (primarily security-themed and Munich-themed FUD)



  3. Korean Press Slams Microsoft Over Patent Extortion Against Linux/Android as New Abuses Resurface

    Harsh words from the national press of South Korea as Nokia's role in Microsoft's anti-Linux tactics becomes more apparent



  4. More Good News About Patents and Their Demise in the United States

    A roundup of news about software patents and patent trolls in the land where these thrive



  5. Links 31/8/2014: Linux 3.12.27, Akademy 2014

    Links for the day



  6. Links 30/8/2014: Jailhouse 0.1, *buntu 14.10 Beta

    Links for the day



  7. Links 28/8/2014: Many New Games, CTO of Red Hat Steps Down

    Links for the day



  8. We Are Gradually Winning the Battle Against Software Patents

    The once-elusive war on software patents is finally leading to some breakthrough and even the Federal Circuit reinforces the trend of software patents' demise



  9. Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) Companies Versus FOSS Moles (VMware, Sonatype, Xamarin)

    A look at three entities which pretend to be pro-FOSS but are actually FOSS-hostile and very much determined to replace FOSS with proprietary software



  10. Links 27/8/2014: GNU/Linux in Space, China, LinuxCon

    Links for the day



  11. FUD Against Google and FOSS Security Amid Microsoft Windows Security Blunders

    In the age of widespread fraud due to Microsoft Windows with its back doors there is an attempt to shift focus to already-fixed flaws/deficiencies in competitors of Microsoft



  12. Microsoft Spin Watch: IDG Turns to More Microsoft Propaganda, Hires Microsoft Boosters

    Media in Microsoft's pocket is telling Microsoft's lies and deceives the public for Microsoft's bottom line



  13. Microsoft's Massive Tax Evasion Becomes Better Known

    A new report about Microsoft's admission that it plays dirty tricks with tax (sometimes using moles in government) is increasing awareness of Microsoft's criminal aspects



  14. Links 25/8/2014: China's Linux Revolution Imminent

    Links for the day



  15. Links 24/8/2014: GNU/Linux Specialisation and Benchmarks

    Links for the day



  16. Links 23/8/2014: GNU/Linux Growth

    Links for the day



  17. Microsoft-Funded Attacks on Android Security and Patent/Copyright

    A look back at examples of people who smear Android and are receiving (or received) money from Microsoft



  18. Blowback in Chile and Munich After Microsoft Intervention

    Microsoft's attacks on the digital sovereignty of countries involves lobbying, corruption, an attack on standards (e.g. ODF), an attack on FOSS policies, and even an attack on accurate reporting (truth itself)



  19. The End of Microsoft is Nigh

    A look back at a tough year for Microsoft and a not-so-promising future



  20. Links 22/8/2014: Linux Foundation LFCS, LFCE

    Links for the day



  21. UPS Burned by Microsoft Windows, Gives Away Massive Number of Credit Card Details

    UPS is the latest victim of Microsoft's shoddy back door with software on top of it (Windows); attempts to blame FOSS for data compromise actually divert attention from the real culprit, which is proprietary software



  22. Microsoft's Funding of ALEC and Other Systemic Corruption

    Microsoft role in writing of laws by proxy, via groups such as ALEC



  23. Microsoft is Still Preying on British Taxpayers, Playing Politics

    Some news from the UK showing how Microsoft uses politics to extract money out of taxpayers, irrespective of their preferences



  24. Microsoft's Patent Troll Intellectual Ventures is Collapsing as 20% of Staff Laid Off

    More good news regarding the demise of patents as Microsoft's leading patent proxy is collapsing more rapidly than anyone ever imagined and software patents too are collectively doubted



  25. Links 21/8/2014: Conferences of Linux Foundation, Elephone Emerges

    Links for the day



  26. Links 20/8/2014: Linux Event, GNOME Milestone

    Links for the day



  27. Corruption Watch: Microsoft Lobbying Designed to Kill Chile's Free Software Policy and Promote Microsoft With Subsidies, More Dirty Tricks Emerge in Munich

    icrosoft is systematically attacking migrations to GNU, Linux and Free software, using dirty tricks, as always



  28. Vista 8 Such a Disaster That Even Microsoft Cannot Cope With It, Vapourware Tactics Start Early

    Microsoft's Windows-powered services are failing and Windows gets bricked by Microsoft patches, whereupon we are seeing yet more of Microsoft's vapourware tactics (focusing in imaginary, non-existent versions of Windows)



  29. On BlackBerry and Other Patent Trolls

    A roundup regarding patent trolls, starting with the bigger and latest joiner, BlackBerry's new patents apparatus



  30. Links 19/8/2014: Humble Jumbo Bundle 2 Betrayal, Mercedes-Benz Runs GNU/Linux

    Links for the day


CoPilotCo

RSS 64x64RSS Feed: subscribe to the RSS feed for regular updates

Home iconSite Wiki: You can improve this site by helping the extension of the site's content

Home iconSite Home: Background about the site and some key features in the front page

Chat iconIRC Channel: Come and chat with us in real time

CoPilotCo

Recent Posts