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ZDNet: Linux: Live in your living room

Jun 15, 2000, 13:15 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John G. Spooner)

"On Thursday, Intel said it will release as open source a Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) development kit for the Linux operating system. UPnP, originally developed by Microsoft Corp., is a technology that allows a number of different kinds of devices to communicate via a network using standard protocols, such as TCP/IP."

"UPnP is similar in concept to Microsoft's existing Plug and Play protocol: Plug in a device, and it automatically is recognized by the operating system. At least in theory, it just works."

"The new Intel UpnP development kit will allow Linux device makers to develop a control interface for UPnP. Using the interface, a device would be able to locate, recognize and interact with other UPnP-enabled devices. For example, an Internet appliance using Linux would be able to access a UPnP-enabled printer."

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