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IT-Director: Linux goes thin with Hard Hat

Jun 23, 1999, 13:24 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Snark)

"Despite the fact that the Linux licensing model ought to be very attractive to the 'thin device' industry, there has not yet been a major Linux initiative in this area.

There is now, as Solectron teams up with MontaVista Software, a three month old Silicon Valley start-up. MontaVista will be producing a version of Linux that will be called Hard Hat, which will initially be for use by Force Computers, a subsidiary of Solectron that produces small devices with embedded processors. ... Linux has previously been used on thin client devices, including Wyse's diskless thin clients and NetGem's TV set-top boxes, but there has never previously been a generic Linux for small devices."

"This particular Linux development should worry 3COM with the PalmOS, Symbian with its EPOC OS and Microsoft with Windows CE, as this is genuine competition."

"The question that is not yet answered and will not be answered quickly is whether software will port easily between Hard Hat Linux and other versions. However if porting proves to be easy, Hard Hat will have a significant edge over the competition among software developers."

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