Canonical joined The GENIVI Alliance, a non-profit industry alliance committed to driving the broad adoption of an open source In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) reference platform. Following htis, Canonical built the Ubuntu IVI remix and the Beta 1 was released a few months ago. The final release of Ubuntu IVI would be made available to the car makers in the first quarter of 2012.
What is Ubuntu IVI Remix?
Ubuntu IVI Remix is built on Ubuntu Core, a sub-set of Ubuntu technologies suited for the next generation of Internet-enabled embedded devices. Ubuntu brings the ability to deliver much richer Internet-connected experiences to the embedded market.
Ubuntu IVI remix enables In-Vehicle Infotainment manufacturers to develop client-specific products that are interactive, Internet-enabled, multimedia-based and easy to connect to network.
Why Ubuntu IVI Remix?
Ubuntu IVI remix delivers the in-vehicle technology industry an open source and shared platform that has a long and stable history in the consumer market.This enables the in-vehicle entertainment manufacturers to develop cost-effective, user-friendly products. That is your car will have a better infotainment product built on the Ubuntu technology!
Chris Kenyon, VP OEM services at Canonical, was quoted as saying in the company website: “Over the last two years, automotive technology suppliers and silicon partners have made it clear that they want to use Ubuntu in IVI products. We are delighted to be supporting these partners with this announcement. With Ubuntu Core's excellent support for touch, syncing services like Ubuntu One and our extensive support for components and architectures - Ubuntu IVI Remix is an ideal foundation for next generation IVI devices.”
Ubuntu IVI remix supports both ARM and Intel equally, giving GENIVI members a free choice in the hardware they choose to build on.
The current release of Ubuntu IVI remix is fully in sync with the standard Ubuntu desktop and server releases, allowing developers to use the same libraries and tools for development on the desktop and deployment in an IVI system.
Read the official release announcement by Lars Anderson