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FreeOS.com: Not just on your desktop; Linux advances on devices

Feb 27, 2001, 16:17 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Vans Information)

"Thought the next big target for Linux was the desktop? Well, think again. Look around and you're going to see some really neat devices that showcase the flexibility of Linux. Linux now powers the Indrema game console and also boots up on a wrist watch."

"The computer gaming industry is a multi-billion dollar one with the likes of Sony, Nintendo, Sega and Microsoft. Competing with them is a small company called Indrema promoting its new video game console powered by Linux. What makes Indrema unique is the fact that when launched this spring, Indrema L600 will be the first Linux-based game console. The fact that such a product is powered by Linux holds big promises for open source operating systems, which is what Linux is. Bearing futuristic looks and being promoted as the "all in one entertainment system", L600 has been designed by a team led by John Gildred, the CEO. The company cites flexibility, reliability and economy as the three main reasons as to why it has opted for Linux as the operating system."

"What is 0.48 inches thick, weighs 1.5 ounces and runs Linux? Yes, you have it right, it's a Linux-powered Wristwatch. IBM's R J Watson Research Center has developed this wonder device in question. So on one hand, IBM is considering using Linux for the Blue Gene supercomputer, the development of such a miniaturized prototype reiterates IBM's commitment of making Linux scaleable in both directions: that at the macro as well as the micro level. According to IBM, this prototype is the smallest self-contained device powered by Linux."

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