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[News] Linux Becomes a Big Winner in Consumer Electronics/Appliances

  • Subject: [News] Linux Becomes a Big Winner in Consumer Electronics/Appliances
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 16 Oct 2009 23:40:26 +0100
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Will Linux be the dominant OS for consumer electronics?

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| Jim Zemlin, the executive director of the Linux 
| Foundation, is one of the platform's most vocal 
| cheerleaders. He never misses an opportunity to 
| point out that many important emerging trends in 
| the technology industry are contributing to Linux 
| growth and adoption. During his keynote address 
| at the recent Maemo Summit in Amsterdam, he 
| suggested that the trend towards mobile 
| convergence is favorable for the open source 
| software operating system.
| As netbooks and smartphones redefine the 
| boundaries of computing, he argues, Linux will 
| take on even greater importance. Although he says 
| it's not clear what kind of form factors will 
| dominate when the dust settles, he's convinced 
| that Linux will become the dominant platform of 
| the transforming mobile and embedded ecosystem. 
| Thanks to greater flexibility, freedom from lock-
| in, and lack of licensing costs, he believes that 
| Linux "enables consumer electronics like no other 
| platform."


"Year of Linux(TM)" is well behind.


Myka's Linux-based BitTorrent box great home theater PC for lazy people

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| With as many set-top boxes as there suddenly appear to be in the home video
| market, as long as any one of them has a strong central feature, it could be
| the one that becomes a household name. Look at TiVo, Slingbox, and AppleTV:
| Each of these built a TV-based ecosystem around a single unique feature:
| TiVo's was the DVR, Slingbox was the place-shifting concept, and AppleTV was
| iTunes.
| Now, IPTV startup Myka has designed its own media center STB, focusing on
| BitTorrent as its winning central feature. And while it doesn't carry all the
| functions one would expect in a home theater PC (HTPC), it offers enough
| power and functionality to be considered a little more than your
| run-of-the-mill set top box. Like the title says, if you're a little bit
| lazy...you could even consider Myka a pre-built HTPC. Betanews got an
| exclusive look at this new device.

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