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LinuxPlanet: Linux Everywhere: Will Consumers Embrace the Penguin?

Jan 10, 2000, 16:48 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kevin Reichard)

[ Thanks to Kevin Reichard for this link. ]

"A year ago the thought of Linux entering the consumer market was at best a distant dream, one not shared by the computer industry or even the majority of Linux users."

"But things change quickly, and a visit to the recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES), held Jan. 6-10 in Las Vegas, showed that while Linux still has a negligible presence in the consumer world, things are on the upswing."

"First, there was TiVo's announcement that it will offer, in conjunction with Liberate and AOL TV, interactive TV services on a Linux platform. TiVo is one of several companies fighting it out in the Digital Video Recording (DVR) space. TiVo boxes, sold through traditional consumer channels and retailers like Best Buy and Circuit City, act both as interactive television guides (showing complete schedules) and digital VCRs, storing programming on a hard disk. TiVo also acts as a smart navigator to the vast sea programming; you can enter your favorite programs and TiVo will suggest other programs."

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