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Macrovision to lock up Linux gadgets

Copy-protection company Macrovision said Friday that it had joined hands with MontaVista Software to create a version of its antipiracy technology for consumer-electronics devices that operate on the Linux operating system. Some analysts have pegged the consumer-electronics market as the biggest growth opportunity for Linux in the next few years.

Macrovision has already created a version of its "MacroSafe" digital-rights management tools for MontaVista's basic Linux operating system, and the two companies are collaborating on a version for devices that run embedded, slimmed-down versions of Linux.