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GPL v3

GPL v3

Posted Aug 11, 2012 8:58 UTC (Sat) by jospoortvliet (subscriber, #33164)
In reply to: GPL v3 by iabervon
Parent article: GENIVI: moving an industry to open source

As was said, that's beautiful, but might still not hold up in court - the car maker gave you the possibility to screw up so it is their responsibility. Or something like that...

Moreover, you think a journalist would bother checking if the car software was modified? No, headlines will just say "4 killed in $CARBRAND".

I understand the reluctance to adopting GPLv3. I hadn't thought of these issues but they make it rather clear to me that GPLv3 has a big problem...


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GPL v3

Posted Aug 11, 2012 9:59 UTC (Sat) by dlang (subscriber, #313) [Link]

it's already big business to modify car computers, brakes, engines, and everything else that's safety related on a car.

What makes software so different?

GPL v3

Posted Aug 12, 2012 0:48 UTC (Sun) by iabervon (subscriber, #722) [Link]

Letting you use the steering wheel and gas pedal is clearly a much larger way in which car makers give you the possibility to screw up. They also give you the possibility to neglect safety-critical maintenance. Anyway, when 4 people are actually killed in a car, the make of the vehicle doesn't necessarily show up in the story, let alone the headline; it's unfortunately far too common an occurrence. People collecting safety statistics are much more likely to take after-market modifications into account; and this sort of aggregate statistic is unlikely to really be affected by anything an IVI system could do, anyway.


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