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CNET News.com: Casio brings Windows/Linux laptop to U.S.

May 09, 2001, 19:30 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Kanellos)

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On Wednesday, Casio will be releasing a small (2.1 lb.) Crusoe-based laptop that runs a curious hybrid of Windows ME (for the bulk of the time) and a "partial version" of Linux (for MP3 "tunes or read certain files.") This article is sketchy on the details of how that will work, but notes that it can be converted to an all-Linux machine:

"...The notebook, of course, is one of the few that makes it easy to switch between operating systems. The Fiva doesn't contain a complete version of Linux, but a partial version for running a few applications. Consumers, however, can convert the machine to an all-Linux beast.

...'Everybody has been trying to figure out how Linux is going to enter the (notebook) business,' David Ditzel, Transmeta's chief technology officer, said in March. 'Rather than see a Linux machine that is separate and distinct from a Windows machine, there is going to be a possibility of a peaceful coexistence.'"

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