"Building on an alliance established in December to collaborate
on the development of open source operating system Linux for
digital consumer electronics, partners Sony and Matsushita Electric
Industrial (Panasonic) Tuesday brought together six other firms to
create the CE Linux Forum (CELF).
"Sony and Matsushita, together with NEC, Royal Philips
Electronics, Samsung, Sharp and Toshiba envision CELF as a platform
for discussing and formalizing the requirements for extensions to a
Linux platform geared to consumer electronics (CE) devices like
cell phones, PDAs, set-top boxes, Internet radios, residential
gateways, automotive telematics, even Karaoke machines and other
"IBM, which over the past few years has turned itself into a
champion of enterprise Linux, is also falling behind the effort.
CELF said IBM is pursuing membership and plans to be an active
participant in the forum..."