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SmartMoney: Intel Endorsement Boosts Linux's Legitimacy

Jan 06, 2000, 16:27 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Cintra Scott)

"LINTEL. It sounds a little dippier than WinTel. But you're going to be hearing a lot more talk about Intel...and the Linux operating system in the same sentence. The No. 1 chipmaker on Wednesday outlined an ambitious Web-appliance strategy, which uses the open-source Linux operating system. On a rocky day for tech stocks, Intel shares gained a fraction of a point in trading, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq composite slumped 24.1 points, or .6%, after wild swings. Meanwhile, Linux-related stocks enjoyed a bigger boost, but we'll get to that below."

"Intel said today that it is developing a family of Intel-branded, Linux-based Web appliances that are expected to debut later this year. The first category of Intel appliances combine phone and Web services. (Prototypes are already available.) The next step is for telecom companies and service providers to partner with Intel and distribute the Intel-branded e-phones, bundled with their own proprietary services. (One-touch, pay-per-use phone features on Intel's platform are expected to ramp up the participating telcos' revenues, you see.) Intel is displaying its prototypes and trumpeting its concept at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week."

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