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12.29.08

Links 29/12/2008: Linux 2.6.28 Benchmark, TomTom Only Exploits Linux

Posted in News Roundup at 11:39 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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      So, here you go, TomTom. Get your PR department out of the Service department, and start thinking of where you get your money. Do you REALLY want to forego the income you could make by supporting the very operating system that you use?

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      TomTom uses Linux. But TomTom doesn’t want to acknowledge that, and therefore ignores potential customers. Or, perhaps it’s more than ignoring potential customers. For example, there is the publically demonstrated behavior of Microsoft. Microsoft is noted for its anti-competative contracts with companies, its “buying off” companies, organizations and even political entities, and its subversion of even standards organizations. (Oh, don’t believe me. Go see for yourself. Search for the lawsuit by the DOJ [such as http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_v._Microsoft] and the record of what happened at ISO with their “Office Open XML”, or their behavior in third world countries with the advent of the XO computer.) Such behavior in an individual would be considered unethical at best and criminal at worst. But because Microsoft has money they manage to get away with it. If some combination of the above is the reason that TomTom has so ignored Linux as an operating system then their shame is complete, and they deserve to be known as “that navigation company that USED to be a contender in the market”.

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  1. Jan Stedehouder said,

    December 29, 2008 at 3:17 pm

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    The TomTom news is old again. The company isn’t hiding it’s use of Linux, but offers the source code of the various components on it’s website:

    http://www.tomtom.com/page.php?Page=gpl

    In 2004 this was already settled in a case with GPL Violations:

    http://gpl-violations.org/news/20041024-linux-tomtom.html

    It’s desktop software is Windows- and Mac-only, which is a shame actually.

  2. Roy Schestowitz said,

    December 29, 2008 at 3:20 pm

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    Thanks a million, Jan! We were just discussing this earlier in IRC. I couldn’t quite recall the details about the GPL case.

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