Feeds

Nokia unwraps Linux Net appliance

Phone maker very keen on open source

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

3 Big data security analytics techniques

Mobile phone maker Nokia today unveiled its entry into the Internet appliance market. Called Media Terminal, the device - the first in a series of consumer electronics units - is based on Linux.

Media Terminal has been designed to hook up to the Net through digital TV services, though an ADSL version is in the works to take advantage of that broadband connectivity technology as and when it becomes widespread.

In addition to Internet access - provided through the Mozilla open source Web browser - Media Terminal also operates as a TiVo-style digital VCR and an MP3 player.

The unit is based on an Intel 366MHz Celeron, though it could easily be upgraded to something faster by the time Media Terminal ships, in Q2 2001. We note, too, Media Terminal's ability to play "3D games", and while Nokia does say the box contains "accelerated 3D graphics and special effects", there's no mention in the blurb of which chip will be used.

The machine also ships with a 20GB hard drive - Nokia hasn't released a memory spec.

More interesting is Nokia's support for open source. Rather than simply using Linux and Mozilla just because they're free, the Finnish company said it will release its own code to the open source community, the better to encourage Media Terminal application development.

"To be successful in the fast-moving Internet environment we need to aim for an open Internet community with a multitude of players," said Rickard Nelger, Media Terminal's product manager. "Nokia's first step is the co-operation with Convergence Integrated Media [of Germany] to develop a standard low-level DVB API for Media Terminal."

That API will be released soon in the LinuxTV Web site. ®

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment
'Nothing is going to change with Dr. Rice's appointment,' file sharer promises
Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray
High Fidelity Pure Audio – is this what your ears have been waiting for?
Did a date calculation bug just cost hard-up Co-op Bank £110m?
And just when Brit banking org needs £400m to stay afloat
Sorry London, Europe's top tech city is Munich
New 'Atlas of ICT Activity' finds innovation isn't happening at Silicon Roundabout
MtGox chief Karpelès refuses to come to US for g-men's grilling
Bitcoin baron says he needs another lawyer for FinCEN chat
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
Apple DOMINATES the Valley, rakes in more profit than Google, HP, Intel, Cisco COMBINED
Cook & Co. also pay more taxes than those four worthies PLUS eBay and Oracle
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
SANS - Survey on application security programs
In this whitepaper learn about the state of application security programs and practices of 488 surveyed respondents, and discover how mature and effective these programs are.