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CNET News.com: Lineo releases Linux for devices

Jan 25, 2000, 20:53 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

"Lineo has released the first version of Embedix, a version of Linux tailored for set-top boxes, personal digital assistants and other small devices."

"The use of the upstart, open source operating system in sub-PC devices is catching on, but the market is getting crowded with Linux heavyweights. Transmeta, the firm that employs Linux leader Linus Torvalds, has its own version called Mobile Linux. TurboLinux has hush-hush development operations under way in China. And Red Hat, the first Linux seller to go public, is gaining entry into the market through its acquisition of Cygnus Solutions in November...."

"Lineo hopes to make money by selling not only its Embedix product, for which the company will charge royalties, but also from higher-level software such as a Web browser and a software development kit to make it easier to create programs running on Embedix. Embedix also is available on CD-ROM for $30."

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