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Fox News: On the Way to a Digital Home

Jun 22, 2000, 14:06 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephanie Izarek)

"...Microsoft UPnP is all about Windows, and it will add UPnP support into all its future Windows releases, starting with Windows Millennium Edition. This past week Intel also said it will release a UPnP development kit - in this case for Linux. The kit will allow Linux device makers to develop a control interface for UPnP, so that a device can locate and interact with other UPnP-enabled devices - even if they are Windows-based."

"This is a smart move, since Linux is claiming a big share of the Internet access device market. Intel expects the major Linux distributors, such as Red Hat, Caldera, SuSE and TurboLinux, to build its technology into future distributions and that the first Linux-based UPnP-enabled devices could hit the market by late this year."

"Not everyone thinks that the standards are preventing people from enjoying a wired home. Microsoft's "digital diva" and consumer advocate Stacey Elliott, who was visiting Microsoft's wired loft in New York last week, thinks there are more basic problems standing in the way."

"Although consumers are interested in technology, the flood jargon about "ISPs," "USBs" and "URLs" can hinder their efforts of getting involved," says Elliott. "There are two types of digital divide: economic and literacy."

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