"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
"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