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EE Times: Japanese Manufacturers Back Off Proprietary OSes

Jan 28, 2003, 06:00 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Junko Yoshida)

[ Thanks to Tom for this link. ]

"Japanese consumer electronics manufacturers are backing away from efforts to push proprietary operating systems into wider use and are turning instead to open-source OSes, specifically Linux. The retreat underlines the failure of proprietary OS strategies for consumer electronics.

"Sony Corp. and Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. made it clear in separate interviews at the recent Consumer Electronics Show that they no longer plan to invest in maintaining their once-prized homegrown OSes: Aperious by Sony, and Pie by Matsushita.

"The companies also revealed that industry-wide initiatives they once pursued eagerly, such as HAVi or the Java TV application programming interface, are no longer top priorities. Support for such consumer electronics alliances are dwindling, and the leaders of those alliances are now back-pedaling..."

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