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AsiaBizTech: Linux Use, Applications Continue to Grow

Apr 19, 2000, 09:06 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Teri Sprackland)

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"Linux, the free-for-all Unix operating system challenging Microsoft, is now getting support in new market areas, including mobile computing designers, supercomputing applications and EDA vendors...."

"Mobile Linux target code size will be 32 Mbytes, said Torvald, including graphical user interface and full Netscape browser. Hard disk drives can now be replaced with the smaller, cheaper Flash ROM storage devices, which allow BIOS upgrades, he noted. Among the needs still to be filled by software developers interested in extending the new mobile platform are drivers for target devices and software for downloading upgrades, said Torvald...."

"After months of struggling with Windows NT 4.0, engineers at AT&T scrapped efforts to use the Microsoft software to bring Internet access to airline passengers as part of a developing inflight entertainment package. They switched to the Linux OS, and had their demonstration functional within two months -- in time for an important trade show."

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