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CNET News.com/Reuters: Japanese firms team on Linux OS for mobile devices

Jul 13, 2000, 16:34 (0 Talkback[s])

"Toshiba and 22 other Japanese consumer electronics and software firms said today they have agreed to cooperate in developing Linux-based operating systems for digital electronics products. The move, which aims to create industry-standard operating systems for use in items such as mobile phones and car navigation systems, is in line with a global industry trend for competitors to join forces to share hefty development costs."

"The united effort by major consumer electronics makers may also help expand the use of Linux... Initial members of the consortium include Sony, NEC, Fujitsu, Hitachi, Mitsubishi Electric and TurboLinux Japan, a subsidiary of U.S.-based TurboLinux. Tokyo's Waseda University and Toyohashi University of Technology in southern Japan will also participate. The world's largest consumer electronics maker, Matsushita Electric Industrial, which is not at present a member, has also shown an interest..."

"The formation of the consortium by Japanese electronics manufacturers, front-runners in the global consumer electronics market, will be a major tailwind for Linux," ING's Hata said."

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