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Windows-like Linux distro targets MIDs

May 2, 2008 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 2 views

Linux desktop distribution vendor Xandros and Web content management firm Viyya Technologies have announced they will jointly market integrated, Linux-based software for “netbook” and Mobile Internet Device (MID) devices. Meanwhile, Xandros has strengthened its collaboration with Microsoft on its mixed-environment BridgeWays management tools.

(Click for larger view of Xandros 4 interface)

Viyya is primarily known for its Windows-based push content management software, including Viyya Professional Edition and Viyya Enterprise Edition, which are based on its XScript extraction engine. The Viyya software is said to interact with RSS feeds and search engines, automating and customizing the way business users collect, process, distribute, and store data.

Xandros is known for its Windows-like Linux distribution, which has been dubbed by one DesktopLinux reviewer as “the best Linux desktop distro for Windows users.” Currently in version 4, the distro is bundled with the popular Asus Eee mini-notebook. Now apparently, the company plans to go after the even smaller format netbooks and the coming onslaught of tablet-like MIDs based on the Intel Mobile Internet Device spec, which appears to blur the lines between desktop and embedded realms.

Viyya says it signed a letter of intent with Xandros, with a formal agreement to follow within a month. There were few hints as to the nature of the planned software, except to promise it would “enable end-users to quickly access and utilize relevant information” and would “yield millions of dollars in revenues” for the two companies in the coming years.

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