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Linux Journal: Transmeta: So Now We Know

Jan 23, 2000, 15:22 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Doc Searls)

"Well, we knew that. What we didn't know was how little it was about Linux. At least on the surface. (At a deeper level it was very much about Linux, as we shall soon see.) The whole rollout took better than two hours, and Linus only appeared once, to demonstrate how perfectly Linux could run a Quake game on a Transmeta box...."

"But Transmeta is equally a software company, and that's where Linux fits in--literally. Only Linux has two attributes that make it the ideal OS for a new class of "mobile Internet appliances" that feature the screen of a laptop (or smaller), the mass of a notepad (or less) and the battery life of a Walkman (or better). Those attributes are: 1) it can fit into Flash ROM; and 2) the market demands it."

"Of course, the market also demands Windows. So Transmeta introduced two new microprocessors: one to run Linux and one to run Windows, the TM 3120 and TM 5400, respectively. The Linux version is the smaller and less power-hungry of the two, and is meant to serve as the brains for a new class of consumer electronic goods that browses the Web. The Windows version is meant to compete against Intel and its clones in the lightweight mobile notebook computer market. In other words, Linux hosts the sexier category."

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