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Can Linux make our MP3 dreams come true? [CNET]

Dec 20, 2001 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

This article from CNET's Music Center notes that among developer of set-top boxes and other convergence gadgets, Embedded Linux is making significant inroads as a “dark horse” alternative to offerings from Microsoft and Sun . . .

“Back when convergence gadgets that would marry entertainment devices with PCs were still a glimmer in engineers' eyes, many speculated about what operating system these contraptions would use. Microsoft was championing Windows CE as the perfect OS for set-top boxes and other convergence gadgets. Sun wouldn't stop talking about Jini, which CEO Scott McNealy said would introduce all the appliances in your house to each other as if they were old friends. Bottom line: The hype from both Microsoft and Sun was overblown and has not resulted in anything concrete. But now something has happened that I think will matter. Three equally important companies have chosen a dark horse on which to bet their digital music devices — the open source Linux operating system . . .”

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