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    Is Linux Ready for the Living Room?

    hmmm, i found this a minute ago, thought id share it with you all, sounds pretty cool.

    Martyn Williams, IDG News Service

    Japan's two largest consumer electronics companies, Matsushita Electric Industrial, better known as Panasonic, and Sony have begun joint development of a version of the Linux (news - web sites) operating system for digital consumer electronics devices, they said Wednesday.


    The announcement stands to speed the entry of Linux into the consumer electronics space, where it already has begun to make inroads--not just because Japan's top two players will be jointly working on the system but also because they have secured basic support from a number of other major consumer electronics makers.


    "Linux itself is very good and a well accepted operating system but it has some points that need to be overcome for it to be applied to digital consumer electronics products such as the start-up time or real time performance," said Shinji Obana, a spokesperson for Tokyo's Sony. "These examples could be said to be short-comings of Linux so we are going to develop [the OS] further."

    From the Ground Up

    The two companies plan to develop a new version of the Linux operating system for consumer electronics products from the kernel level up, said Akira Kadota, a spokesperson for Osaka-based Matsushita. Their initial goal is to complete the first step of development work before the middle of 2003.


    Sony and Matsushita decided to work on improving Linux in part to cut development costs, because the OS is open-source, and also because they can make use of some of the many Linux developers worldwide and further save money and time, said Obana.


    The two companies are also considering establishing a forum consisting of other companies from the consumer electronics and computer sectors. A number of companies have already expressed basic support for the idea including Hitachi, IBM, NEC, Koninklijke Philips Electronics, Samsung Electronics, and Sharp.


    While a firm commitment has not yet been made by the companies "they are basically affirmative," said Kadota.

    Past the PC

    Sony and Sharp have already released products that bring Linux from the world of the desktop computer or server to a position nearer consumers. Sony's Cocoon hard disk drive-based video recorder is based on Linux as are the three latest Zaurus PDAs to be launched in Japan by Sharp.


    Sony's video recorder is based on Montavista Linux, a version of the operating system for embedded devices. Both Sony and Matsushita hold stakes in Montavista Software, alongside IBM, Toshiba, Intel, and others.


    Despite their stakes, Montavista is not included in the work already under way, said Obana, who also declined to comment on whether the Sunnyvale, California, company would be participating.

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    Yupe..I've read this one too..last night. I think this is going to be big step for SONY (Big company already start following their step..).
    I've read many japanese electronic company already start looking at *nix and BTW SONY ..like FreeBSD check out http://uptime.netcraft.com/up/graph/...submit=Examine

    It's gonna be good step for Linux or *nix
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    either way itll be nice to be able to buy a computer that comes with BSD or Linux on it already installed, Hardware compatibility i thinkplays a pretty big factor in people buying computers so this might be a huge step up for the *NIX community.

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    Hardware compatibility i thinkplays a pretty big factor in people buying computers so this might be a huge step up for the *NIX community.
    I agree with you I have an old laptop SONY when I installed "nix I have to tweak little bit to make it work...and recently I bought laptop SONY VAIO® R505G SuperSlim Pro™ Notebook
    R505G Series, I tried to install *nix and I don't have problem whatsoever(including wireless working great)..so I guess here you go...laptop *nix might be on the way..
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