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ZDNet: Linux Gets Smaller

Oct 25, 2000, 12:48 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jim Freund)

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"Odds are, you've heard about the advent of embedded Linux, given the many recent news announcements. Several high-profile companies (including IBM and Intel ) are developing prototypes. Embedded Linux will lead to a wide range of diminutive products running the open-source operating system. In fact, many believe embedded-Linux devices will outnumber Palm devices in two years."

"The lack of an OS licensing fee has the potential to dramatically lower the cost of producing embedded devices. To date, though, there hasn't been much focus on how such products could empower small businesses."

"The candidates include Internet appliances, PDAs, mobile devices, and intelligent devices built into factory equipment, or even into your next automobile. In fact, embedded Linux is a candidate for just about anything that requires an operating system but is not a full-fledged computer."

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