Yahoo!: Intel unveils plans for Web appliances

“Intel Corp… announced on Wednesday its strategy for
developing Web appliances that would be resold by Internet service
providers and phone companies.”

“The devices, due out by midyear and aimed at the consumer
market, will be designed by Intel, the world’s largest chipmaker.
At least initially they will be made by consumer electronics

“The company will showcase several prototypes of designs for the
devices at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this

“The devices will use a form of upstart operating system
Linux, rather than the Windows operating system of its longtime
partner, Microsoft Corp. An Intel spokesman said that customers the
company had talked to requested that the devices run

“Intel is working with Lucent, for example, on a so-called
unified message mailbox that would deliver both voice- and e-mail
in one device.”