"In my January 2004 Linux For Suits column in Linux Journal,
here's what I said it would take to bring Linux to the laptop:
"necessity will mother invention. One of these months, some
company--a FedEx, a Boeing, a General Motors, a Siemens--will call
on Dell, HP and IBM to compete for filling a gargantuan Linux
laptop order. The relationship with Microsoft will be strained for
the winner of the contest, but they'll do the deal. They'll lean on
Intel to release the Linux device drivers for Centrino. They'll
work with Canon and Sony to get the device drivers written for the
cameras, camcorders and scanners. They'll finish hammering out the
ACPI issues. And we'll have good, cheap Linux laptops being
marketed, with real advertising, by the big hardware OEMs..."
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