"Hewlett-Packard sees a future of devices embedded with
scaled-down versions of the Linux operating system. Now, if only it
can get those devices to work."
"During an address this week at the LinuxWorld Conference &
Expo in San Jose, Calif., HP chief scientist Joel Birnbaum painted
a future in which Internet devices greet us everywhere we turn, all
running some version of Linux. Unfortunately, however, the
glitch-filled video that anchored his presentation didn't exactly
engender confidence that the company's vision is realistic."
"With multimedia technicians unable to get the video's sound to
work, Birnbaum gamely tried to narrate the series of vignettes
demonstrating people accessing the Web on a car windshield, on a
wristwatchlike device, through a cell phone, or even on the face
shield of a firefighter's helmet. After several minutes, Birnbaum
cut the video short. "Turn it off," he abruptly said. "That's about
as much as my nervous system can take."
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