"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
"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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