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[News] Netflix Chooses Linux for Its Set-top Box; More Linux-based Appliances Come

  • Subject: [News] Netflix Chooses Linux for Its Set-top Box; More Linux-based Appliances Come
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 21 May 2008 14:36:28 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Netflix Player runs Linux

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| Movie distributor Netflix is offering a $100 set-top box aimed at enabling 
| subscribers to stream movies on demand, using a broadband Internet 
| connection. The player runs an embedded Linux OS and is supplied by Roku, a 
| California-based company known for its Linux-based PVRs (personal video 
| recorders).    


$100 Netflix DVD downloader runs Linux?

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| Netflix and Roku today jointly announced a tiny set-top box (STB) said to 
| offer unlimited streaming of DVDs and TV episodes on Netflix members’ TVs. 


And another appliance:

Upgraded VPN software available in Linux micro-server

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| Japanese micro-server specialist Plat'Home is offering an interesting VPN 
| (virtual private network) client pre-installed on its MIPS-based Linux 
| micro-server. SoftEther's PacketiX VPN 2.0 software encodes entire Layer 2 
| Ethernet frames as HTTPS traffic, allowing remote access to any network 
| protocol without network reconfiguration, the company claims.    



Myka sneaks BitTorrent into the living room

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| OK, perhaps not so sneaky, there's a nice big BitTorrent logo right up front, 
| but Myka seems to be quite the end-to-end solution for getting those torrents 
| up on the big screen. The box hooks up to the internet via LAN or WiFi, 
| includes a 80GB, 160GB or a 500GB drive for storage and runs a torrent client 
| on Linux.    


Open Source DVR Challenges TiVo

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| A/V geeks and open source hackers alike are sure to fall in love
| with the MonolithMC HD DVR system, which runs the Linux based
| MythTV platform.


Gunning for Tivo in the GPL debate

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| In the ongoing battle between Linux kernel developers and the Free
| Software Foundation (FSF) over the future of the GNU Public License
| (GPL), somehow DVR-maker Tivo has become either the whipping boy or
| the poster child, depending on whose side you are on. FSF founder
| Richard Stallman even coined a term for what he sees as misuse of the
| GPL: "tivoization".

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