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NY Times: The Web Without Microsoft

Nov 12, 1999, 01:39 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter H. Lewis)

"Occasionally a new product can be annoying and delightful at the same time. Rarely, however, does a delightful product become annoying without any help whatsoever from the Microsoft Corporation, the notorious monopolist."

"Such is the i-Opener Internet Personal Access Device, or IPAD, one of the first of a new class of Internet appliances from a new company called NetPliance Inc. Despite the depiction of Microsoft's practices outlined by the Justice Department and Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson last week, NetPliance has managed somehow to create a very interesting home computer that handles e-mail, Web browsing and other simple tasks and yet does not use Windows, Internet Explorer or any other Microsoft code. It uses a version of the Linux operating system."

"The i-Opener is scheduled to go on sale nationwide next week for $199, plus $21.95 a month for Internet service."

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