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LinuxPR: Axis Communications Enables Wireless Technology for Linux

Apr 01, 2000, 17:13 (0 Talkback[s])

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"With its offer of free source code to the Linux community, Axis Communications has opened the world of Linux to mobile applications using Bluetooth, a technology for wireless communications between mobile phones and other portable devices. Since the software was recently made available for download, tens of thousands of developers have accessed the Axis Developer site (http://developer.axis.com). In the spirit of open source, Axis plans to publish improvements made by both the development community and Axis for the benefit of all."

"Bluetooth enables low-cost, wireless communication and networking in a very small form factor. The industry-lead Bluetooth consortium, made up of more than 1,500 companies, estimates that by the end of 2001, Bluetooth technology will be in more than 100 million mobile phones, and millions of PCs, laptop computers, and handheld devices. Many in the industry view the embedded computer market as the next frontier for Linux. The OS is well suited for emerging devices because it is inexpensive, stable and requires a minimum of system resources. The market potential is significant. Although info appliances are in their infancy today, industry analysts expect them to outnumber PC's by 2005. "Bluetooth will provide wireless connectivity among a wide range of portable and stationary devices," said Joyce Putscher, Director of In-Stat's Converging Markets & Technologies Group. "Linux will clearly be a rising factor in the Internet Appliance (IA) arena, and IAs represent just one of the interesting markets that will take advantage of Bluetooth.""

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