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LinuxPlanet: Linux at the Consumer Electronics Show: MIA

Jan 08, 2001, 18:13 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kevin Reichard)

"But judging by the vendors at CES, Linux isn't close to breaking into this space. There really was only one vendor that was pushing Linux at all, and that was Agenda, showing off the Agenda VR3 in the shadow of Palm Computing in the Palm Pavilion."

"There were also many other vendors that were showing Linux-based devices but never let on that Linux was running under the hood. Tivo had a huge booth to show off the various models of the Tivo, while Tivo licensees Sony and Philips were showing off their Tivo devices. (A side note: Santa Claus delivered a new Tivo to the Reichard residence at Christmas -- the Tivo that is integrated with DirecTV service. The integration between Tivo and DirecTV is great, but the unit is slower than heck when you're scrolling the show listings or surfing between channels. Overall, I'm OK with it, but the slowness is frustrating.) ZapMedia was showing off its Linux-based ZapStation, which will play CDs and DVDs, streaming audio/video, as well as allow you to surf the Web and watch cable TV. Again, no mention of Linux here."

"More disappointing was the Transmeta booth, where the firm that employs Linus Torvalds put a lot of time showing off Windows-based subnotebooks from the likes of Hitachi. These subnotebooks are for the Japanese market, but my brief hands-on testing didn't reveal anything unique about them (which isn't surprising; one cannot determine long battery life based on a short experience at a trade show). Still, not having a single Linux-based machine at the Transmeta booth is a kick in the teeth to the Linux world."

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