CNET News.com: Linux firm [Red Hat] aims at Microsoft in home networking

“In the next three or four weeks, Red Hat expects to sign
several deals with well-known partners to spread its version of the
Linux operating system into so-called gateway networking devices,
chief technology officer Michael Tiemann told CNET News.com in an

“The gateway device would connect home appliances, PCs and
phones to high-speed digital subscriber line (DSL) or cable modem
connections, he said. They also likely will include extra features
beyond mere data sharing–for example, tying into services over the
Internet or taking over functions that otherwise increase the cost
of TV sets, he said.”

The move marks the first major expansion of Red Hat’s
version of Linux outside its server stronghold.
trying to enter the home networking market pits Red Hat not only
against Microsoft’s Windows, but also against other Linux companies
such as Lineo.”

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