The two consumer electronics giants announced Wednesday that they plan to jointly develop an enhanced Linux platform for digital home electronic devices. They also plan to release the source code they develop through the partnership under the General Public License (GPL), which governs use and modification of Linux.
While Sony has not specified exactly which products it plans to enable with the new platform, previous Sony forays into Linux for AV devices may provide a hint.
Sony and Matsushita said they will study the functions and performance required for digital home electronics -- like short start-up times and rapid response -- and develop their Linux platform to meet those requirements. The project is currently planned to last until March, but may be extended.
To support their efforts, the companies said they are considering establishing a forum based on the results of their co-development. They said they plan to discuss the idea with companies supportive of utilizing Linux on consumer electronics devices, including Hitachi, IBM, NEC, Royal Philips Electronics, Samsung Electronics and Sharp.