LinuxDevices.com: Reach out and Tux someone!Aug 09, 2000, 21:49 (0 Talkback[s])
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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 free!"
"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 circumstances...."
"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 operating system...."
"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."
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