INTRODUCTION

Intended Audience

This document provides the target platforms, target requirements and platform IPRs that are needed to deliver the webinos system.

Document structure

This document is structured in four different Chapters.

Chapter 1 details the Template used to compare the available Desktop, Mobile, Home Media and Automotive platforms using technical, commercial and licensing criteria. These criteria are then summarised via a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis along with a verdict i.e. how appropriate is this platform to form part of webinos.

Chapter 2 details the actual Operating System platforms review.  This Chapter forms the bulk of the Report and covers the following platforms:-

PC          
  • Windows 7
  •  MAC OS-X
  • Debian
  • FreeBSD
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  • Google TV
  • Mediaroom
  • MythTV
  • MeeGo
  • NetTV
  • Samsung TV
  • HbbTV
  • AppleTV
  • XBMC
Mobile/Tablet
  • Symbian
  • Android – Mobile
  • Windows Phone
  • iOS
  • Samsung bada
  • BlackBerry
  • Linux (raw)
  • Ubuntu Unity
  • MeeGo
  • WebOS
WEB rendering engines analysis
  • QT
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Chromium
 
Automotive      
  • MeeGo IVI (reference implementation for GENIVI)
  • Android (AutoLinQ)
  • Microsoft Windows Embedded Automotive
  • QNX Car

 

Chapter 3 details the perspectives of the major webinos consortium partners.  Given that these partners have invested and continue to invest considerable time and effort into the Project it makes sense that their perspectives on preferred platforms also be taken into consideration.

Chapter 4 proposes the recommended platforms that will contribute to or be part of webinos, detailing the proposed platforms and discounted platforms, including justification and reasoning for both.

Chapter 5 considers the Device side Implementation Architecture, to the extent that this must be a factor in considering which platforms webinos should focus on or use as part of its solution.

Chapter 6 provides recommendations for the management of source code created by webinos with regard to licensing and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) management. It also considers some scenarios for further resourcing of webinos post EU funding and proposes a suggested governance model for webinos, taking into consideration the preferred platforms against which webinos will be implemented.

 

What is webinos?

The webinos project has been tasked to define and deliver an Open Source Platform and software components for the Future Internet in the form of web runtime extensions, and complementary infrastructure components, to enable web applications and services to be used and shared consistently and securely over a broad spectrum of converged and connected devices, including mobile, PC, home media (TV) and in-car units.

Objectives of WP2.6

Based on the preferences of the consortium partners and their customers, and the technical, commercial and licensing/IPR requirements and the findings provided by Task 2.3 this task (2.6) selects the most appropriate platforms which are selected for the later realization of the webinos system.

According to the selected platforms, this task also identifies special requirements to the architectural design which may be raised by the platform selection. Thus, the risk of introducing design issues in WP3 is reduced.

Further to the technical considerations, the task bases its selection of platform (or parts thereof), considering underlying IPR and licensing models. Only if these are acceptable to a wider community, can the solution be really successful.

The task also produces recommendations on the IPR, licensing and governance models that should constitute to best practices in Europe, especially as no prior best practices exist in this domain.