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NY Times: Gateway/AOL Internet appliance uses Linux

May 30, 2000 — by Rick Lehrbaum — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

The NY Times reports today that Gateway and America Online have collaborated on a home Internet appliance that is built around a Transmeta Crusoe processor and an embedded Linux operating system. The device, which is likely to be priced at under $500, is expected to hit the market later this year. (see photo)

“Breaking ranks with the powerful 'Wintel duopoly,' based on Intel hardware and Microsoft software, Gateway and America Online plan to announce on Tuesday that they will use a processor from an upstart Silicon Valley chip maker and a version of the Linux operating system in a new Internet home appliance scheduled to go on sale later this year . . .”

“The deal is a portent of the arrival of what is being popularly referred to as the post-PC computing era, a world in which the personal computer is displaced by an expanding array of digital cellular phones, personal digital assistants, Webpads, which are tablet-style computers, and other appliance-like devices . . .”

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