This will include computer networks but will also
encompass security, telephone, voice mail, and emerging
As an example of which consider the "appliances" below
and AOL's plan to offer "free AOL" accounts to kids in
school (phone line not included :) ...
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May 30, 2000
Gateway and AOL Bypass Industry Stalwarts on
By JOHN MARKOFF
SAN FRANCISCO May 29 -- Breaking ranks with the powerful
"Wintel duopoly," based on Intel hardware and Microsoft
software, Gateway and America Online plan to announce on
Tuesday that they will use a processor from an upstart
Silicon Valley chip maker and a version of the Linux
operating system in a new Internet home appliance
scheduled to go on sale later this year.
The deal is a portent of the arrival of what is being
popularly referred to as the post-PC computing era, a
world in which the personal computer is displaced by an
expanding array of digital cellular phones, personal
digital assistants, Webpads, which are tablet-style
computers, and other appliance-like devices.
Both Intel and Microsoft have largely resisted this
vision, maintaining instead that the PC will remain at
the center of the computing world for many years to come
and that the new devices will function more or less as
peripherals to a central PC.