Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 9th Oct 2006 20:22 UTC, submitted by John Mills
Games Blogger Kiyoshi Saruwatari claims that Nintendo's upcoming Wii console runs on the open source Linux operating system. According to Saruwatari, who claims to be a Nintendo insider, the company reduced development costs by leveraging open source software and incorporating a Linux kernel into the Wii software platform. A wide variety of additional features like web browsing, video playback, file management, and emulation all run on Nintendo's custom Linux operating system, which uses a proprietary interface. Unlike the other specialized software components, the actual games will not run under the Linux platform, and can be played without booting Linux if the user holds down the "A" button while the Wii is starting up.
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by grrr on Mon 9th Oct 2006 21:11 UTC
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Can they just use it like that does the gpl not protect linux from this kind of use. A lot of software nintendo and sony are coing to develop is closed and even drm not at all free conoles are the most unfree software platforms there are.

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