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LinuxNews: In the Palm of Your Hand: The Internet Appliance Market

Mar 30, 2000, 02:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michelle Head)

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"It is a small world, after all. In keeping with the computer industry's drive to get portable, Linux is jumping into the Internet appliance and hand-held device market, with Lineo leading the charge."

"In February and March, Lineo bought no fewer than four embedded device companies. According to Lyle Ball, vice president of marketing and communications, Lineo won't stop there. "There are several more deals in the pipeline," he said in a March 14 interview with CNET. Lineo, formerly Caldera Thin Clients, is expected to go public later this year and is trying hard to squeeze its programs firmly into the embedded device market before that happens."

"Lineo develops Linux applications for embedded devices (which can be anything from sprinkler timers to VCR's to screenphones). This will allow Open Source applications to run on anything with 32 kilobytes (KB) of memory or more. Some full Linux file systems can be scaled down to a single floppy...."

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