A Linux computer in every garage?

May 23, 2007 at 9:19 am Leave a comment

A Linux computer in every garage?

I’ve thought of something like this for many years, both as a way to improve safety, and as a means to provide “last mile” Internet access everywhere. Imagine if the on-board computers, linked wirelessly to each other, were also linked to the Internet via “ground stations” or other wireless technology? They would create a mobile grid/mesh network that would reach pretty much everywhere. Even in rural areas- the car at one farm would connect to the car at another nearby, which would connect to another, and so-on, and so-on and eventually they would connect somewhere with Internet access. Or- it would connect temporarily to a car going down a nearby highway, which would connect to a car in front of it (or behind it)… I think you can see the possibilities…

Of course- throw in VoIP technology and you would immediately eliminate cellular companies (at least for voice service- their Internet service would probably be key to this working).

I will say this in any case- I would much rather have a Linux computer running a key system in my car than Windows. I can just imagine coasting to a stop on a remote freeway because my car needs to be rebooted.

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