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WideOpenNews: AOL, Gateway Announce Linux-based Home Internet Appliances

Apr 05, 2000, 19:35 (0 Talkback[s])

"Three new Internet appliances -- in varying degrees of usefulness -- run on Linux using open source browser engine Gecko."

"As if America Online were not pervasive enough, it today announced a new line of Linux-based Internet appliances developed in conjunction with Gateway and tailored for use throughout the home."

"The future of Internet appliances is as yet unwritten, but AOL and Gateway are betting that consumers will want to access the Web not just from their computers, but from countertop appliances and wireless Web pads that work remotely within a home. Gateway president and CEO Jeffrey Weitzen said in a written statement, "For many consumers, the Internet is becoming an essential part of their lives, carrying the same importance as the telephone, radio, newspaper, magazine, and TV...."

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