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Linux Magazine: The Transmeta Mystery

Aug 01, 2000, 07:21 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Wendy Goldman Rohm)

[ Thanks to Robert McMillan for this link. ]

"How Did an Unknown Startup Company Hire the Creator of Linux and What are They Doing with Him?"

"I could tell you what I'm working on, but then I'd have to kill you." For close to a year, this was Linux creator Linus Torvalds' answer to anyone naive enough to ask him about his day job. It's not that Torvalds was paranoid. He just happened to be working for the most secretive start-up in Silicon Valley history: Transmeta, Corp."

"But in January of this year, the veil was lifted, and the true story of Transmeta and what exactly they're doing with Torvalds could be told."

"It turns out that a major chapter in the story occurred in Seattle, where, three years ago, Transmeta CEO David Ditzel found himself pitching his vision for a whole new kind of computer chip to one of the founders of Microsoft, Corp., Paul Allen. It was 1997,and Ditzel was two years into a journey that could be traced back to a fundamental revelation he had while on leave from his job at Sun Microsystems. Ditzel saw the need for a clean slate in the development of computer chips."

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