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ZDNet: Es su casa Microsoft's casa?; MS vs. Gateway/AOL/Linux on the home front

Nov 13, 2000, 17:32 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mary Jo Foley)

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"...the biggest differences between the Gateway/AOL and Microsoft strategies are the operating systems that run on PCs and other devices in the networked home. Microsoft is building on a number of existing products, ranging from its recently introduced Windows Millenium Edition OS, to its MSN service, to Internet appliances based on its MSN Companion platform."

"For its operating system for appliances, Gateway has turned to Linux. Mobile Linux is an embedded variant of open-source Linux, tweaked specially for Internet appliances running on Transmeta Corp.'s Crusoe processors by Linux creator Linus Torvalds."

"Mobile Linux includes proprietary extensions that support power management and file compression which Transmeta is not going to return to the open-source community. Gateway plans to use Mobile Linux inside its newly introduced Touch Pad, Connected Music Player and forthcoming wireless web pad."

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