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WideOpenNews: Death of the Desktop?

Feb 14, 2000, 19:53 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Patricia Krueger)

"According to IDC, alternative computing devices are quickly gaining ground. US consumer information appliances -- smart handhelds, screenphones, WebTVs, for example -- are forecast to reach over 27 million units in 2002, while PCs are expected to hit 23 million units that same year. What's more, both Microsoft and Linux developers are already vying for a share of the new market. In the past few weeks, Microsoft revealed plans for a Mobile Explorer for wireless devices, as well as a handheld computer, called MiPad, that's partially controlled by speech. Alternatively, Lineo made headlines for tailoring Linux for the sub-PC market, and Red Hat, parent to this website, acquired a major player in the embedded market, Cygnus."

"It's doubtful that anyone, particularly Microsoft, will pass up opportunities in the desktop market soon. But to examine the next generation of computing in an increasingly competitive terrain, Wide Open News weighed-in with five analysts on the future of the PC, and the OSes that power them...."

"Linux's modularity will be a catalyst for a variety of emerging embedded devices, and companies driving this include Transmeta, Red Hat, and Lineo. In the near-term future Linux devices such as smart phones, PDAs, Web pads, and set-top will morph the perception of the traditional desktop."

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