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CommWeb.com: HP's Vision For Linux: Science Fact Or Fiction?

Aug 18, 2000, 14:12 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tony Kontzer)

"Hewlett-Packard sees a future of devices embedded with scaled-down versions of the Linux operating system. Now, if only it can get those devices to work."

"During an address this week at the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo in San Jose, Calif., HP chief scientist Joel Birnbaum painted a future in which Internet devices greet us everywhere we turn, all running some version of Linux. Unfortunately, however, the glitch-filled video that anchored his presentation didn't exactly engender confidence that the company's vision is realistic."

"With multimedia technicians unable to get the video's sound to work, Birnbaum gamely tried to narrate the series of vignettes demonstrating people accessing the Web on a car windshield, on a wristwatchlike device, through a cell phone, or even on the face shield of a firefighter's helmet. After several minutes, Birnbaum cut the video short. "Turn it off," he abruptly said. "That's about as much as my nervous system can take."

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