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Feb 15, 2000, 08:38 (3 Talkback[s])
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" 'The future devices which are going to come into the market are going to be based on [Linux],' [Lernout & Hauspie director of product management Klaus] Schleicher predicts. 'Until now, the choices were Windows CE or build-your-own operating system. Linux seems to have the potential to be the common user platform for those people who need an operating system fast but don't want Windows CE.'

Although it might take a few months to test Schleicher's assertion, observers who took in the Nukulo unveiling at the Demo 2000 show share the sentiment.

'I think Linux has a good chance,' said Amy Wohl, president of Wohl Associates and editor of Amy Wohl's Opinions, a technology industry newslettter. Pointing to three factors -- scalability, robustness and cost --Wohl says the opportunity exists for embedded Linux to consolidate the non-Windows options in the mobile device OSe market just as its mainstream counterpart has done in the server OS market.

'When you're building products for the consumer market it's very important that you not add any unnecessary pricing overhead. Whenever you can minimize the price of your operating system -- and I would call spending zero dollars on Linux a good example of doing that -- it's a good thing.' "

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