Next year's launch of Microsoft's network gaming service for Xbox has been pre-empted by an open source/Linux development, Xbox Gateway. Bill is no doubt absolutely ecstatic about this, but he can console himself with the thought that at least all the work XboxGW has put into the system is on the outside - the box itself remains unsullied by viral GPL-related stuff.
XboxGW expands the functionality of Xbox system link games, working rather like an Ethernet bridge, and according to the developers both bridging Xbox game traffic and splitting it up so it goes between the right players. If two people with broadband links use it, then they can play one another across the internet. Microsoft itself proposes to offer this facility, but not until next summer.
News source: The Reg
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