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NewsForge: Linux Makes Inroads on Handhelds and Smartphones

Feb 11, 2005, 12:45 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Korzeniowski)

"It was a perfect union envisioned years ago. Handheld devices, such as cell phones and personal digital assistants (PDAs), were gaining more processing power and needed an operating system that could support sophisticated functions. Linux has become a highly portable operating system, one able to run on the largest to the smallest microprocessors. Despite the symmetry, the tie has been slow to take shape, and only recently have the two moved closer to one another.

"The design of handheld devices has been changing, and the dividing lines between cell phones and PDAs have been disappearing.

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