Driver-Free Car Runs Ubuntu Linux

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While not as sexy as the BMW Z4M or some of the other automobiles on display during CES, we had learned an interesting fact about the driver-less Carnegie Mellon vehicle: it runs Ubuntu. This Carnegie Mellon vehicle with sponsors such as Google, NetApp, and Intel, had won this year’s DARPA challenge. 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?

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