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CNET Linux firm [Red Hat] aims at Microsoft in home networking

Apr 27, 2000, 20:26 (0 Talkback[s])
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"In the next three or four weeks, Red Hat expects to sign several deals with well-known partners to spread its version of the Linux operating system into so-called gateway networking devices, chief technology officer Michael Tiemann told CNET in an interview."

"The gateway device would connect home appliances, PCs and phones to high-speed digital subscriber line (DSL) or cable modem connections, he said. They also likely will include extra features beyond mere data sharing--for example, tying into services over the Internet or taking over functions that otherwise increase the cost of TV sets, he said."

"The move marks the first major expansion of Red Hat's version of Linux outside its server stronghold. However, trying to enter the home networking market pits Red Hat not only against Microsoft's Windows, but also against other Linux companies such as Lineo."

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