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ZDNet: Why Transmeta is Bill Gates' worst nightmare

May 31, 2000, 14:13 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Charles Cooper)

"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 MIND?"

"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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