Compaq uses Linux for set top box

Compaq uses Linux for set top box
Tom Foremski
Compaq Computer is developing a set top TV box based on an Intel architecture microprocessor and using a version of the open source code Linux operating system.
According to sources close to Compaq, online services giant AOL is interested in using the device for its push into cable based broadband Internet services for its 15 million users. The move by Compaq will compete with Microsoft’s plans for set top boxes using its Windows CE operating system.
The advantage to using Linux, however, is that there are no licensing fees to be paid to Microsoft which would bring down the cost of the hardware. Other firms are also considering using Linux in embedded systems and Sony is reported to be in talks with Linux firm Caldera Systems about using Linux in future Sony consumer electronics products.


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