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CNET News: Xbox Linux Group Seeks Microsoft Seal

Feb 20, 2003, 14:00 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Becker)

"The group of programmers working to run Linux on Microsoft's Xbox video game console is seeking the software giant's seal of approval.

"In an open letter sent to Microsoft, the organizers of the Xbox Linux Project requested that the software giant 'sign' its Xbox version of the open-source operating sytem.

"Microsoft's electronic signature would allow the software to run on an unmodified Xbox. Currently, an Xbox must be outfitted with a 'mod chip'--a gray-market add-on that overrides security features in the console--to run Linux or any other unapproved software. Microsoft has pursued a variety of legal and technical means to thwart mod chips, on the grounds that the devices aid software piracy..."

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