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Alta Terra Launches Handheld Linx for Linux

Sep 28, 2001, 21:50 (0 Talkback[s])

Alta Terra CEO Dexter Dombro took the time to answer our questions about his new product, which doesn't represent new technology for Linux/Palm OS connectivity: it uses jpilot, kpilot, and gnome-pilot along with the underlying pilot-link suite, which has formed the foundation of almost every Palm/Linux app for years.

According to Dombro, the point of the product isn't to provide the software, which is readily and freely available, but to assemble the tools provided into something more usable by end users:

"The BearOps Linux philosophy is to assist Linux newbies and those making the transition from Windows to Linux to have some easy to install and easy to use options. The same added value that you will find in any Linux product... they are properly compiled and tested to actually work, and they are offered to the many who would like to use Linux but simply are not interested in becoming techies," he said.

Dombro also pointed out that the product comes with complete documentation and installation tools.


Press Release -- Edmonton, Alberta -- Alta Terra Ventures Corp, an aggressively growing full-service Linux provider, is pleased to announce the launch of their new BearOps Handheld Linx for Linux product. The product is a suite of tools that will allow users to transfer information from popular Palm and Handspring PDA units, as well as from Texas Instrument calculators, to most Linux operating systems.

The BearOps Handheld Linx for Linux has been successfully completed, and is now going into production. It has been tested on the BearOps Linux Desktop OS, on Mandrake 8.0, and on Red Hat 7.1 . This unique product will allow users to hot-sync or backup their handheld units, such as their Palm Pilot or Handspring Visor, to their Linux operating system. The product suite comes with 3 different hotsync programs: jpilot, kpilot and gpilot. It also includes full user manual support, and includes 100 freeware and shareware games, applications, and utilities for use on PalmOS devices. As a bonus, the package includes the Texas Instrument Linking Program, which allows students to hotsync or backup their TI83 and above scientific and graphing calculators to their Linux operating systems.

Highlights of this Release

  • Alta Terra releases an application package for the general Linux market;
  • Allows home and business users to hotsync their PalmOS devices to Linux desktops;
  • Allows students to connect their Texas Instrument calculators to Linux desktops;

"The BearOps Linux team feel that it is important to popularize the vast array of capabilities Linux desktop users have at their disposal," stated Dexter B. Dombro, Alta Terra's President. "Being able to use your Linux desktop for both business and home uses is important, and that obviously includes handheld connectivity for the modern business person."

Alta Terra's objective is to develop a Linux platform for businesses that allows mission-critical information to flow seamlessly throughout the enterprise and business life cycle. To that end, having an open, yet integrated, operating system platform that integrates a user's enterprise applications, desktop environment, servers, embedded applications, customer relationship management (CRM), and cross-enterprise solutions is a cornerstone of the BearOps Linux philosophy. Linux can support seamless integration, allowing business processes to be synchronized across the enterprise, with Linux-based applications for accounting, inventory, e-commerce, expense tracking, to name a few, to collaborate and run in real time. The BearOps platform of business solutions should enable any organization, regardless of size or industry, to run its business more efficiently and productively, thereby gaining significant competitive advantage.