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When One Linux Project Wins, All Linux Triumphs

Jan 11, 2010, 18:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

"To say there was a lot of Linux news coming out of CES last week was an understatement. As I watched the morning TV shows present their inevitable "look-at-what-the-nerds-have-made-this-year" segments from the CES floor during the event, I had the distinct pleasure of turning to my family many times and proclaiming: "See that? Runs Linux."

"It was difficult to contain my enthusiasm. Between Android, Moblin, and other embedded Linux news, it was clear that free and open source software maintained a large presence in Las Vegas--to the point where traditionally hyped players like Apple and Microsoft were left out in the desert cold.

"How bad was it? Try this: the HP Slate computer with which Steve Ballmer showed off Windows 7 during his Jan. 6 keynote address? It turns out that HP is apparently already planning an Android version of the exact same device.

"So much for Redmond's market exclusivity."

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