Eight consumer electronics companies have joined forces to establish the CE Linux Forum to enhance Linux as the platform for digital consumer electronics applications.
Matsushita and Sony agreed last December to jointly develop an enhanced Linux platform for digital consumer electronic devices. Since then, they have appealed to other companies to create a forum to work together on the initiative.
Six companies have joined the Forum: Hitachi, NEC, Royal Philips, Samsung, Sharp, and Toshiba. IBM is expected to join the forum shortly, according to an announcement.
The Forum will focus on enhancing Linux for consumer applications such as quick start and shutdown, real-time performance, ROM/RAM size reduction and efficiency of power management. Matsushita and Sony will provide the results of their joint work thus far to the Forum for further discussion.
The Forum’s results will be available under a General Public License scheme to broaden access to enhanced Linux for digital consumer electronics and to invite free modification and improvements.
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