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NewsForge: Lights, camera, Linux: TV projects embrace Linux

Mar 15, 2001, 21:06 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dan Berkes)

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"It wasn't too long ago that the Open Source community thrilled to the news that Linux was destined for the handheld market. Now, however, such announcements barely elicit a half-raised eyebrow from many. Where are the really innovative Linux deployments happening these days? Why, TV land, of course. That's where all the magic happens...."

"Believe it or not, there was a time only a few years ago when Linux in any place but a desktop computer elicited "oohs" and "aahs" from an awestruck audience. When Agenda Computing recently announced that its VR3 Linux-based PDA would arrive early this spring, it received a barely perceptible smile and nod. What does it take to get us excited over a new use of Linux these days?"

"Sylvania's Computer Products division might have something that will make the jaded whistle with wonder. Coming this summer to North American electronics stores is the SPC2700iHD -- or Internet/TV -- a digital television that combines a high-quality video entertainment system with a user-friendly Internet service."

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