Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 9th Jan 2012 11:51 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu "Canonical is indeed bringing a TV to CES. But it's not about hardware just yet: Ubuntu TV is a brand new derivitave of Ubuntu, with a full-in TV-optimized UI inspired by Unity, and full-on media center and DVR features. There's a movie, TV and music store, a YouTube app, and of course it's all optimized for a lean-back remote experience. The software will be free for manufacturers to package with their TVs, and Ubuntu says there will be TVs on shelves by the end of the year."
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That's nice, but...
by Aristocracies on Tue 10th Jan 2012 17:11 UTC
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Panasonic has already been using FreeBSD on the last few generations of their fantastic plasma panels.

I'm not sure why any mainstream manufacturer of high-end televisions would bother using anything as GPL-ridden as the Ubuntu TV fork surely would be. They would then be beholden to license compliance woes when they simply wouldn't have to if they picked either Panasonic's approach or Android/GoogleTV, where there would be limited GPL exposure (just the kernel) and significantly greater name recognition which would offset the hassle.

I doubt we're ever going to see a really nice plasma panel running Ubuntu TV and at the end of the day I care more about the quality of the panel than what it's actually running for an operating system internally, since that can be corrected/bypassed with whatever HTPC I choose to build out.

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