This week at LWN: ALS: Automotive Grade Linux

Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Oct 5, 2012 2:15 AM EDT; By Nathan Willis
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Using Linux in cars is a hot topic, even if the market is less visible to most developers than tablets or mobile phones. The Linux Foundation (LF) announced an initiative at the second Automotive Linux Summit in Gaydon, UK, however, that may result in a higher profile for automotive Linux development. The initiative is called Automotive Grade Linux (AGL), and its goal is to produce a distribution tuned for deployment throughout a vehicle, including in-dash systems, instrument clusters, and even safety-critical engine control units. A number of automakers and industry players are on board — which sparked some confusion at the announcement, because many of the same companies are also involved with existing Linux-based automotive efforts like GENIVI.

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