Financial Times: Intel to launch ‘web appliances’

“Intel, the world’s largest semiconductor maker, plans to launch
a range of consumer “web appliances” – computer-like devices giving
high-speed internet access.

“The simple-to-use machines, the cornerstone of a strategy
designed to extend the use of Intel technology, will be powered by
the company’s Celeron microprocessors.”

“Some may look like slimmed-down PCs while others will be
designed for use in specific places, for example the kitchen or in
a car. They are likely to be provided “free”…”

“In a surprise decision, to help keep prices down, the
machines will run the “open source” Linux operating system

software rather than Microsoft Windows, which powers most personal
computers. Intel will outline its web appliance strategy today at
the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.”