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osOpinion: AOLinux: Possible Reality or Really Impossible?

Jun 23, 2001, 22:00 (49 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Garrett Mickelson)

[ Thanks to Kelly McNeill for this link. ]

This is extremely wishful thinking: an engineer from Penguin Computing argues that AOL Time Warner -- the same outfit that is scaling back its commitment to the Netscape browser and open-source software -- should pay Linux-Mandrake to create a customized distribution that would promote access to AOL as well as provide other desktop applications. Yes, and we wish there was a chocolate-milkshake dispenser on every corner, too.

From the article:

"AOL, working in partnership with Linux-Mandrake, could produce a scaled-down version of the OS branded specifically for AOL, but with an interface redesigned to be similar to AOL 6. With so many excellent open-source applications available and pre-installed on Mandrake, AOLinux would have a range of functionally that people come to expect on a Windows machine."

"By reducing the number of redundant applications, -- as in Abiword, Gnumeric, Koffice and Star Office -- AOL can make this even easier. Also, due to their open-source nature, these applications could be branded as well, i.e. Kword would be AOL-Word, etc."

"Here would be a computer that comes with hundreds of stable, fantastic applications, games and tools, all with the AOL name. Moreover, AOL could have the shell locked down so hard, that only a certain keystroke during a few seconds of pause (at LILO) would allow you to boot the machine as root, putting you in Mandrake’s Runlevel 1."

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