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Guardian Unlimited: More on Sir Clive Sinclair

May 15, 1999, 23:23 (5 Talkback[s])
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"Sir Clive Sinclair is thinking of re-entering the computer market with a low cost machine based on GNU/Linux, the operating system offered free on the internet and modified voluntarily by users."

"This news won't shake Microsoft whose operating systems reside in 95% of the world's personal computers but it's a good idea. Commercial interest in exploiting web-friendly Linux is growing. Sinclair reckons that with a combination of Linux and cheap (perhaps non-Intel) chips he could undercut rivals. Whether Sir Clive can make a comeback is debatable. But no one should write him off. Even if his credibility is at a low ebb, his long term influence on Britain's IT industry is enormous. A generation of games programmers cut their teeth on the Sinclair Spectrum. If he doesn't go for Linux, others will. Indeed, why doesn't the internet community devise its own specifications for such a computer just as it has for Linux?"

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