Elon Musk, Tesla Motors, SpaceX and their flirtations with open source software

Tesla on SPaceX

Elon Musk He is someone well known who has left large projects such as PayPal, Tesla Motors and SpaceX among others, but these companies are related to open source software in one way or another, as you already know. Well, those who have a Tesla will already know that the operating system that is shown on the car display is not Android as in many other car brands, but that they use a Linux kernel with additional software from the house, and the most daring they have gone further and managed to run Gentoo Linux also on the mainframe of these cars ...

Since Tesla they have recognized that Linux is what they use at the central computer level (it seems to be a Debian or Ubuntu what they use as a base) for the multimedia, but they have also added a lot of their own software and that for the control of the motor and the batteries the code they use is totally developed by Tesla. They have chosen Linux because it is a robust and reliable system for what they want it and it is a good open source base on which to work as they have said.

We also announce in LxA that HPE and SpaceX wanted to launch a supercomputer into space with Linux operating system, yes, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Elon Musk's aerospace company want to do this locupra and put into orbit one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world ... or in this case the solar system ... That supercomputer will support and process large quantities of data to aid interplanetary travel, such as when humans arrive on Mars, with a… yes, they will carry a Tesla as you will well know if you have been attentive to the latest news from the company.

But that's not the only relationship SpaceX or Tesla have with Linux, The truth is that there are Linux sysadmins working in SpaceX, so their servers and supercomputers also work with the penguin system. And the Flight Software Team that is dedicated to developing software for Falcon 9, Grasshopper and Dragon consists of about 35 members and they work creating applications and code for a version of Linux that is used for both Dragon and Falcon 9. In hardware wise, Falcon 9, for example, is known to be based on x86 chips and PowerPC microcontrollers for the flight system ...

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  1.   someone said

    regular :)

  2.   Eduardo said

    Heh heh heh, is that being honest linux dominates, outside of a desktop pc practically everything is linux or android.