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LinuxPlanet: Intel's Dot.station: Why the DOJ Was Right

Jun 22, 2000, 17:10 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Ferris)

[ Thanks to Kevin Reichard for this link. ]

"The people who thought that the DOJ lawsuit against Microsoft was bad for consumers got a wake-up call today. Intel has announced the "Dot.station" (name sponsored by the Department of Redundancy Department), a Linux-based device that comes with a hard drive, and is mostly intended for Web surfing and e-mail. A home appliance currently slated to cost around $500."

"So, what about consumer harm? Examine the trial testimony, and you will find that Intel was threatened by Microsoft last time it tried something even remotely similar. Intel at the time had an Internet software lab, and was working on products that Microsoft found were too competitive for their tastes."

"Is this new technology? Not really--people have been speculating about it for years and the enabling hardware isn't that far of a stretch from some of the PDA's that are commonplace at the moment. The only roadblocks to this market have been the unfairly positioned interests that are now somewhat curbed thanks to the current legal actions against Microsoft."

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