Even Sony uses Free Software

September 28, 2008

I just purchased a new 46″ HDTV, the Sony Bravia KDL-46V4100, and boy is it sweet. But I’m not here today to advertise TVs to you. I was reading through the various documentation that came in the box, and I came across a copy of the GNU General Public License and the Lesser General Public License. Even Sony uses Free Software in their televisions.

The 46V4100 includes the following GPL’ed software: Linux Kernel (no version number mentioned), busybox, and pump (no idea what this is). Under the LGPL, it contains glibc. Other software listed includes Independent JPEG Group Software, Software Developed by the OpenSSL Project for Use in the SSL-Toolkit (SSLeay License), Freetype2, Expat, cURL, and Popt.

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