MGI and TUXIA Announce Partnership for Linux-based Entertainment Devices

MGI and TUXIA have announced a non-exclusive partnership to develop and market a complete multimedia and TV software infrastructure for Linux based entertainment devices. The partnership will provide manufacturers with a complete and cost effective entertainment software infrastructure including an optimized operating system, digital VCR, time shift TV, DVD playback, and Web browsing. Both companies are currently working on a soon-to-be-announced entertainment device with a major consumer electronics manufacturer. According to market researcher eTForecasts, worldwide unit sales of information appliances (IAs) will surpass PCs in 2004 and the subset of entertainment information appliances is expected to grow from 2.27 million units in 2000 to 49.3 million units in 2005.