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ZDNet: More Microsoft madness; Xbox can be hacked into LinuXbox?

Dec 29, 2000, 16:31 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John C. Dvorak)

"The idea is that for not much more money you can turn any DVD player into a game machine and computer and sell it as an advanced DVD player in parts of the world where the public cannot afford to have three separate devices."

"The decision not to put Windows on the Xbox makes sense. If the loss-leader Xbox is designed to generate profits by selling games, then there's no reason to make it into a Windows machine, which may be purchased and used only as a computer."

"But this creates another odd dilemma: Because the machine has a normal computer subsystem, including a hard drive, very little effort would be needed for hackers to find a boot ROM or some aspect of the machine that would turn it into a cheap Linux box with a little reprogramming. I suspect that the Xbox, once it arrives, will become the most hacked and modified computer in history, much to Microsoft's dismay."

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