Tonight Live: The TV Linux Alliance >> Beginning of a new era?
Jun 26, 2001, 17:30 (1 Talkback[s])
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Tuesday, June 26th, 2001
from the home of Wayne's World, Aurora IL
Tonight LIVE on www.thelinuxshow.com
At 6pm pt, 7pm mt, 8pm ct, and 9pm et.... Kevin Hill, Jeff
Gerhardt, PJ Hyett, Doc Searls(Linux Journal), and Arne Flones have
what looks to be a controversial show lined up tonight on The Linux
Show!! (and yes the Loki tribes server is up and running)
In Segment One - Hot News: We will be covering
the hot Linux news of the week. In particular, the change for the
Caldera OpenLinux Workstation 3.1 that will require a "Per System"
license & Linux Community infighting and the Andy Tai "Software
Wars" Map (very cool).
In Segments Two- "More Hot News:"-
Because of the week off, last week we will have lots to catch up
In Segments Three- The TV Linux Alliance Is
this the beginning of a new era, and end to community control, or a
We will be joined by Cathleen Collett, Senior
product marketing manager for Lineo to discuss the announcment of
the creation of a new development co-op, the TV Linux Alliance. We will
also be joind by Fran Helms a representative from
Liberate, another member firm of this new organization.
The creation of the TV
Linux Alliance and the participation in this group by Lineo,
along with Sun, Motorola and Liberate(to name but a few), should
cause one to stop and take notice. Two weeks ago we attended a
press conference announcing this new "dot org". We went away with
far more questions than when the press conference started.
The proposed goal of the TV Linux Alliance will be to integrate
the Linux-based digital media expertise of 24 leading companies in
the DTV market. Those "leading" companies include:
ACTV, ATI Technologies, Broadcom Corporation, Concurrent
Computer Corporation, Conexant, Convergence Integrated Media, DIVA,
Excite@Home, iSurfTV, Liberate Technologies, Lineo, MontaVista,
Motorola, nCUBE, OpenTV, Pace Micro Technology, Qpass, ReplayTV,
STMicroelectronics, Sun Microsystems, TiVo, Trintech, TV Gateway
The hypothetical long term goal would be to align resources to
bring Linux to digital cable set-tops, and provide a means to speed
the development and deployment of robust software solutions with
lower development costs. This new organization was annouced at the
Chicago NCTA Show (Cable TV Inustry Show) on June 12, 2001. We
noted that the press conference did little to draw the crowds away
from the lines at the Playboy Channel booth.
We were told during the meeting that the new alliance will
define a standard application programming interface (API) that will
simplify the implementation of TV middleware and device drivers for
the Linux operating environment, allowing network operators to
select from a variety of vendors whose offerings are interoperable
with the common API. The alliance plans to capitalize on Linux
designs already underway among various founders and harmonize early
work across the industry to ensure that Linux is delivered to the
digital set-top under a common framework of evolving
standards-based specifications. Linux is a proven, stable, and
robust open source operating system with a strong developer
community, making it an intelligent choice for network operators,
infrastructure providers, and hardware manufacturers.
We at TLS understand how this standard API will help people in
the supplier chain and the operators of cable networks. However
there are a number of issues here that need to be explored. First
and most important, WHY is there no participation in this group by
a single existing community "dot org" or development project. It is
primarilly cable channel providers(and wannabees). The web site
seems more a marketing opportunity than the typical "Dot Org"
Plus, there a a couple of long term implications we should look
at here. This alliance has the potential of being
looked back on as a landmark toward preserving a future without
digital Tyranny. But, it could also be looked back on as a day when
a major part of Linux was pulled away from community control.
The new Linux specification developed by alliance members is
expected to be available later this year. Parties that are
interested in tracking the progress of the TV Linux Alliance or in
accessing resulting specifications should visit
www.TVLinuxAlliance.org. A listing of all participating TV Linux
Alliance members and their contacts can be found at
Other opinions are welcome at GeekCast. If you would like to
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