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Nando Times/Agence France-Presse: Sony, Matsushita slow to join Japanese Linux group

Jul 14, 2000, 22:07 (0 Talkback[s])

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"The world's top two electronics giants said Friday they were keeping an open mind on joining a new Japanese consortium promoting the Linux computer operating system. A total of 22 Japanese companies, including high-tech giants NEC Corp. and Toshiba Corp., and two university research units launched the "Japan Embedded Linux Consortium" on Thursday."

"But Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd., the world's largest consumer electronics maker, and Sony Corp. said they needed more information on the syndicate before deciding whether to join in promoting Linux. "Our name had been initially on the list of the members. But we are now considering or not to join," Sony spokesman Yoshikazu Ochiai said."

"A spokesman for Matsushita, known by brand names including Panasonic, Technics and National, said the giant supported Linux in principle. Matsushita had "always wished to introduce operating systems which are easy for our clients to use," public affairs official Akira Kadota said. "That is our basic position and it will not change."

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