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Red Herring: Pop goes the Eazel

Jul 21, 2000, 05:08 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Phil Harvey)

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"Eazel, the firm that hopes to make Linux the easiest computer operating system to use, says it expects to release the first version of its desktop application, Nautilus, and related Web services by the end of this year...."

"Eazel doesn't charge for its client software, but by year's end it will charge for various Net-based services that are tightly integrated to the computer desktop. These services include remote storage for files and a service that automatically senses what kinds software your computer has and offers to provide updates."

"Sure, it sounds like a simple concept, but Eazel's service is technically elegant. Rather than just checking for applications that have newer versions available, the Eazel online service takes the computer's context into account. That is, it weighs each software program's dependencies on one another, and updates only when the renewal of one application won't clobber another."

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