"Japanese consumer electronics manufacturers are backing away
from efforts to push proprietary operating systems into wider use
and are turning instead to open-source OSes, specifically Linux.
The retreat underlines the failure of proprietary OS strategies for
"Sony Corp. and Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. made it clear
in separate interviews at the recent Consumer Electronics Show that
they no longer plan to invest in maintaining their once-prized
homegrown OSes: Aperious by Sony, and Pie by Matsushita.
"The companies also revealed that industry-wide initiatives they
once pursued eagerly, such as HAVi or the Java TV application
programming interface, are no longer top priorities. Support for
such consumer electronics alliances are dwindling, and the leaders
of those alliances are now back-pedaling..."
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