Subject: Re: X-box, MS, the net, and embedded systems
From: burton@relativity.yi.org (Kevin A. Burton)
Date: 20 Oct 2001 11:29:13 -0700

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Tom Lord <lord@regexps.com> writes:

> There's a curious little fluff piece in this month's wired about the ultimate
> "hacker's home" built around XP and compatible gadgets.

MS is going to beat us (the Open Source community) to the console market
(XBox).  We will win in the long run though.

I think they just wanted to sell the feature set and needed a product to do it.

> Am I alone in thinking this is, in effect, a warning sign for FSBs operating
> in the Linux/Internet space?  I mean, they're basically saying "here is Bill
> Joy's vision, realized by MSFT, available now or very shortly."

there are a lot of people before Bill Joy that had this idea :)

> The X-Box piece is interesting too.  Aside from telling the story of the state
> of HW design and mfg, it gives a twisted vision of how X-boxes will lead to
> PC-hardware sales.

MS is very scary.  

> I think they missed the point.  X-box and successors *are* the new PC.

I couldn't agree more.  I am seeing more and more hardware numbers start to add
up around a sweet spot of $500.  It is amazing what you can do in this space.

This is a great area for Linux to get involved, no existant user based and there
are little if any legacy UI issues to deal with.

Kevin

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