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CNET News.com: Transmeta revs up own version of Linux

Jan 21, 2000, 16:15 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

"Start-up Transmeta, which plans to take on Intel with a new chip for mobile devices, has big plans for the Linux operating system as well.

Though Transmeta won't specifically sell a Linux product, it will give a version of the operating system called "Mobile Linux" to hardware makers so they have one to run on portable Internet access devices using Transmeta's chips, said product manager Marc Fleischmann at a conference here."

"Getting Linux to work in very small devices has posed challenges because of limitations on how much memory and processing horsepower is available to manufacturers, because powerful processors usually mean batteries drain quickly. They do so because hard disks often are completely missing, and because input hardware such as keyboards and mice are hard to use if present at all. Transmeta's Linux aims to help addresses these areas."

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