Linux Foundation attacks the BBC

A statement from the Linux Foundation has attacked the BBC over its plans to impose content management controls on new free-to-air high definition channels.

A spokesman for the Foundation said that the plan involves restrictively licensing the Huffman codes used in the electronic programme guide.

It said that this will have a negative effect on open source applications and would distort the markets which have built up around those applications.

It accuses the BBC of badly treating Open Source and ignoring the severe market distortions that this content management scheme would produce in open platforms.

It said that there was currently no approved content management system available for fully open systems, so the BBC proposal would effectively destroy the ability of those systems to display TV-based content.

This would kill off things like the Moblin netbook operating system, which is a significant player in the netbook space and the Android phone system, which has several million users and broad handset industry support.

It said the BBC was being short sighted in not assisting the fully open platform category which was the fastest growing market segment in the mobile industry.