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BusinessWeek/BridgeNews: Cracks in Wintel as Intel Chooses Linux

Jan 06, 2000, 07:54 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jim Cole, Ian Fried)

"In a shot at both its traditional customers, PC makers and software giant Microsoft, Intel today unveiled plans to market its own brand of Internet access appliances that use the Linux operating system, the open-source competitor to Microsoft's proprietary Windows. The world's biggest producer of microprocessors says the devices will take many forms, including screen telephones and computer-like boxes. All the new products will use the company's Celeron chip, which powers many low-cost computers."

"Santa Clara (Calif.)-based Intel plans to sell the devices to Internet service providers and telcos that will in turn market them to consumers. Among the partners Intel has already signed up are NEC's BiGlobe in Japan, telephone company USWest, and France's LASER-Galeries Lafayette Group. The cost of the hardware to service providers will vary, ranging probably from about $300 to $700, while the cost of the devices to end users will depend on how the resellers structure their pricing. "Some of them will be street priced at zero," notes Intel product marketing manager Craig Miller."

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