"Paul Allen is sure to receive a phone call soon from his
boyhood chum Bill Gates. Something along the lines of: "Hey Paul,
how ya doing? How's the guitar gig going? Hope everything's fine in
your neck of the woods and, er --- ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR EVER LOVING
"That's because the Microsoft co-founder -- and still a huge
shareholder -- also happens to be an investor in Transmeta, a
fascinating startup that is Part One of one of the more potent
challenges to the software maker's hegemony."
"In conjunction with Gateway and America Online, Transmeta is
participating in an alliance to bring to market an Internet
appliance -- a still soggy term whose exact definition morphs with
each passing day -- that will function without needing an Intel
microprocessor or a Microsoft operating system. Score a big win in
the Linux column."
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