ZDNN: AOL readying free Net access device?

“National Semiconductor… is working with America Online
Inc. to develop an access appliance for the company’s online

“The AOL device will likely be designed for sending e-mail and
browsing the Web. It will likely be distributed at little or no
cost to customers who sign up for AOL’s online service.”

“…the devices will be easy to use and targeted in purpose…
‘We’ve got products now in development that boot in literally 5
seconds’, [National Semi Internet Appliance Div. VP Mike] Polacek
added. …will be made possible by Geode, National Semi’s so-called
‘PC-on-a-chip.’ “

‘Conspicuous by its absence’–mention of OS involved. – lt