Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 20th Jul 2016 19:05 UTC, submitted by Nth_Man

You probably don't think of car companies as Linux and open-source supporters. You'd be wrong. Toyota, the world's largest car manufacturer, just joined the Open Invention Network (OIN), the largest patent non-aggression community in history.

OIN was formed by IBM, Sony, Phillips, Red Hat, and Novell in 1995 to defend Linux against intellectual property attacks. OIN's plan, then and now, is to acquire Linux-related patents. It then shares them royalty-free to any organization that agrees not to assert its patents against Linux or its applications.

It's worked.

OIN now has more than 2,000 members. In the last 18 months, with the rise of open source and Linux in all technology businesses, OIN has doubled in size.

The more companies join, the better. I had no idea OIN had been growing this quickly.

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Maybe Toyota...
by dionicio on Wed 20th Jul 2016 21:41 UTC
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Could focus at what deserves neuron work, ultimately. High hopes on the Workings of this New Group.

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Some very known members
by Nth_Man on Wed 20th Jul 2016 21:54 UTC
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Some very known members are:
Google, IBM, Philips, Sony, Tomtom, Toyota, Hyundai, Kia Motor Company, Ford, Cisco, Via, Fujitsu, LG, Vodafone, Twitter, Sage, JVC Kenwood, Valve, SpaceX, HTC, Verizon, Seagate, etc.

More can be seen on

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Quick Response
by dhaen on Thu 21st Jul 2016 17:11 UTC
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QR codes were created by a Toyota subsidiary then open sourced.
Love or hate them, that ensured a massive adoption.

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