LinuxPlanet: Intel's Dot.station: Why the DOJ Was Right
Jun 22, 2000, 17:10 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Ferris)
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"The people who thought that the DOJ lawsuit against Microsoft
was bad for consumers got a wake-up call today. Intel has announced
the "Dot.station" (name sponsored by the Department of Redundancy
Department), a Linux-based device that comes with a hard drive, and
is mostly intended for Web surfing and e-mail. A home appliance
currently slated to cost around $500."
"So, what about consumer harm? Examine the trial testimony, and
you will find that Intel was threatened by Microsoft last time it
tried something even remotely similar. Intel at the time had an
Internet software lab, and was working on products that Microsoft
found were too competitive for their tastes."
"Is this new technology? Not really--people have been
speculating about it for years and the enabling hardware isn't that
far of a stretch from some of the PDA's that are commonplace at the
moment. The only roadblocks to this market have been the
unfairly positioned interests that are now somewhat curbed thanks
to the current legal actions against Microsoft."