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Linux Journal: Ericsson's Screen Phone Runs Linux

Feb 29, 2000, 22:58 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Penn)

"The Screen Phone (full name: the cordless Screen Phone HS210) allows users to access the Internet, e-mail and the telephone with a single, contained package. The Screen Phone's interface is a color touch screen, through which the Internet and other features can be quickly and easily accessed. The product is also equipped with a speakerphone to make it all the more convenient for Web surfers to gab on the phone while they sail through cyberspace."

"Of course, what's most interesting about the Screen Phone is the fact that it runs Linux. According to a statement from Ericsson, Linux was chosen because of the open source operating system's stability and size, as well as for its 'openness', making it easier for a variety of future applications to be added."

"Bluetooth, as the company notes in a FAQ, is a wireless technology and specification for "small-form factor, low-cost, short range radio" contact between mobile computers, phones and similar portable devices. The technology promises to replace multiple cable connections with single radio links, possibly providing for the smoothest marriage yet between portable computing and the Internet."

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