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March 23, 2011

The Linux Foundation forms MeeGo Smart TV Working Group

Expected to help drive the evolution of MeeGo within the television ecosystem

By CBR Staff Writer

The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organisation dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, has announced the formation of the MeeGo Smart TV Working Group designed to help drive the evolution of MeeGo within the television ecosystem and provide an open framework to the industry for innovation.

MeeGo is an open source Linux project targeting multiple segments including automotive systems, netbooks, tablets, TVs, and set-top boxes, among others, and uses Qt to enable cross-device applications.

Early Working Group participants include Amino Communications, Intel, JetHead Development, Locatel, MIPS Technologies, Nokia, Nokia Siemens Networks, Sigma Designs, Telecom Italia, Videon Central, and Ysten, among others.

Members of the working group are expected to define software components and a compliance programme as well as focus on building an innovative and thriving ecosystem of developers and content providers with leading capabilities and tools.

The Linux Foundation director of Technical Alliances Ibrahim Haddad said MeeGo is built from the ground up to address next-generation computing in multiple market segments like Smart TV and is intended to help advance Linux in this burgeoning market in the year ahead.

Smart TV allows consumers to access new entertainment choices with virtually unlimited content from the Internet and TV programming, a new world of TV applications and a browser to search and discover content.

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MeeGo Smart TV specifications are designed to provide an open framework to enable this community to drive these innovations to consumers.

The MeeGo Smart TV Working Group will begin defining software components providing platform standardisation, while giving developers the ability to focus on competitive differentiation within the TV market segment with tools such as Qt.

Working group members will submit code, which upon acceptance will be made available to the industry via MeeGo.com on a twice a year release cadence.

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