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Interview: Lineo “Licensing” Linux?

Jan 26, 2000 — by Rick Lehrbaum — from the LinuxDevices Archive
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Rick Lehrbaum of writes . . .

Lineo has recently announced one of the largest embedded Linux design wins to date: through a three-way partnership with Elitegroup Computing and Bast, Inc., Lineo Embedix Linux will become the software platform for Linux-based set-top devices in hotel rooms and apartment complexes throughout the US, Europe, and Asia ( href=”/cgi-bin/news_view.cgi?newsid=NS2060372171″>* See news story. *). In Lineo's press release, they stated “the agreement provides an initial 50,000 licenses for Bast to produce Embedix-based set-top” boxes.

“Licenses for Linux?” you ask. Since “licenses for Linux” is a bit of an oxymoron, we asked Bryan Sparks, Lineo's CEO, to clarify Lineo's Embedix Linux licensing strategy. Here's what we learned . . .

* Read interview *

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