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Linux: Belle of info appliances?”

Jan 31, 2000 — by Rick Lehrbaum — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

Robert Lemos, writing in ZDNet News, says . . .

“Linux, the freely distributed operating system whose Cinderella story has riveted the market for Web servers, is ready to wear its glass slippers once again. The fairy-tale ball this time is the very posh information appliance market.”

“Alluring, with its lack of license fees, open-source code and hordes of Web-savvy developers, Linux has been making serious inroads into a market that giant Microsoft Corp. hoped to make its own with Windows CE. Microsoft's problem: With info apps, no one cares about the OS's brand name. 'The embedded OS market is a place where users have no idea what operating system they are running,' said Chris Le Tocq, research director for industry watcher GartnerGroup Inc., who added that, because brand makes little difference, other factors — such as price and developer support — become most important.”

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