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Aug 09, 2000, 21:49 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rick Lehrbaum)
Re-Imagining Linux Platforms to Meet the Needs of Cloud Service Providers
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"A new and relatively inexpensive "Internet phone" lets you make
unlimited free phone calls anywhere in the world -- without a PC.
Talk as long as you like . . . as often as you like . . . and it's
"But wait! Don't rush out and throw your "analog" telephone in
the trash. Not just yet. Tomorrow's "digital" Internet phones may
be here today, but they're not quite ready to totally replace
traditional telephones. On the other hand, you may be able to save
a bundle on your long distance phone bills -- given the right
"But unlike most desktop PCs, the CPU isn't made by Intel (or
AMD); and the OS doesn't come from Microsoft. Rather, Aplio's
Internet phones are powered by lower cost (and lower power)
"reduced instruction set computer" (RISC) processors. And they run
an embedded version of the open source (and royalty free) Linux
"Aplio selected a version of Embedded Linux called uClinux as
the basis of their Internet phones' operating system. uClinux was
unique, in that it did not require the sophistication of an Intel
(Pentium) compatible microprocessor. "We believe that, with the
Aplio/PRO, we had the first small Internet appliance product on the
market that used Embedded Linux with a very small footprint," says
Jerome Calvo, president of Aplio's US operations."