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CNET News.com: AOL tests Linux-based Web appliance software

May 31, 2000, 00:25 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jim Hu)

"America Online is testing new software that will allow Linux-based Web appliances to access its popular services and browse the Web."

"Details of the new software were posted this weekend on Kenton.org, the Web site that last week posted a download link for a test version of AOL's upcoming version 6.0 software. The site includes links to documents detailing the software's features and capabilities."

"Dubbed "Gamera," the software is in "pre-alpha" testing, meaning it is in the preliminary stages of development. The current incarnation of Gamera combines Web browsing, instant messaging, chat, email, graphics and file transfer capabilities, according to details posted on the Web site...."

"Using free operating systems such as Linux allows a company to avoid license fees that would likely otherwise have to be paid to a company, such as Microsoft, that could supply a competing operating system. It also gives a company more control over the operating system. Linux is still a relatively new product in a constant state of change, however."

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