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ITWorld.com: Maddog sees computers everywhere [Jon Hall on ubiquitous computing]

Apr 06, 2001, 13:17 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ashlee Vance)

"Microsoft Corp.'s Bill Gates says the future of computing lies with the PC, and Oracle Corp.'s Larry Ellison claims we will all move to thin clients. But while these two rivals battle over where computers will go, John "maddog" Hall, executive director of Linux International, said that his technology crystal ball shows that both Gates's and Ellison's predictions will come true with a twist."

"Hall believes the world will move toward what he calls "ubiquitous computing" where users take advantage of all kinds of different computing devices -- some of which they hardly know are there. Speaking at the Apache Con conference held here this week, the Linux operating system evangelist painted a picture of truly pervasive computing."

"Mr. Bill who lives in Redmond says the future is the PC," Hall said of Microsoft's chairman and chief software architect. "When he says PC, he seems to be talking about something running Windows or Windows NT."

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