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Asahi.com: Japan Seeks New OS for Net Appliances

Apr 01, 2003, 08:30 (2 Talkback[s])

"Consumer electronics makers and the government are teaming up to make sure the coming generation of Internet-connected home appliances will not depend on Microsoft Corp. for an operating system.

"In working out the standards they plan to adopt for networked appliances by 2007, manufacturers and the industry ministry plan to make use of either Linux or the domestically developed TRON operating system. Microsoft's Windows is currently the dominant OS for personal computers worldwide.

"The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry tasked a study group, comprising researchers, company representatives and others, to discuss 28 items that should be standardized. These include the communications protocols necessary to connect appliances to the Net, authentication technology to verify user identity and methods of electronic account settlement.

"The study group released a report on basic strategies Friday..."

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