Switzer, director of consultancy Stratego. "And the more open a device becomes, the more Linux-like it becomes, so why not just use Linux?"
While Linux continues to make inroads into the personal computer and network markets -- thanks to a heavy push by big firms like IBM -- a handful of
firms in the consumer electronics (CE) industry are also pushing hard to standardize on the open-source OS.
More than 75 companies now have joined the CE Linux Forum (CELF) -- formed almost two years ago by Sony and Matsushita -- to promote Linux-based
digital CE products. Some of the other CE companies involved in the forum -- which officially launched in June of this year -- are NEC, Hitachi, Royal
Philips, Samsung, Sharp and Toshiba.
CELF's main activities include defining requirements for emerging technologies, collaborating on development strategies and promoting proliferation of
Linux-based digital electronics in the CE industry.