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IT-Director: Nokia's Linux box sets standards

Sep 15, 1999, 15:09 (2 Talkback[s])
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"There's an interesting battle developing for operating software to drive wireless multimedia devices. Not the battle with Microsoft this time, but the more obscure battle between Symbian and Linux. Nokia is one of the founders of the Symbian operation that promotes the EPOC system, originally developed by Psion. But Nokia's prototype multimedia terminal uses Linux."

"Earlier this year, Linus Torvalds said that he would like to see less emphasis on Linux as a high end server operating system and more emphasis on its use for embedded systems. It seems that someone at Nokia was listening and the DVB@Air prototype uses Linux."

"Under the covers, Nokia have confirmed that the operating system is Linux and the web browser is Mozilla. This could well be a major victory for the open source movement, as current experiments are likely to form the basis of consumer products that will sell in very large numbers."

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