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The Register: Sharp Cans Linux PDA in Europe?

Jul 12, 2003, 01:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tony Smith)

"Sharp's introduction of two new Linux-based PDAs for the Japanese market appears to have heralded the death of earlier members of the Zaurus line in Europe.

"Launched in Europe in April 2002, the Zaurus 5500 was first Linux PDA to be offered by a leading consumer electronics manufacturer. Its integrated micro-keyboard--hidden behind a Palm Tungsten T-style slider--comprehensive software bundle, performance and good I/O won it some rave reviews at the time.

"The device was based on 206MHz Intel Strong ARM CPU and ran version 2.4 of the Linux kernel from Embeddix. It included Insignia Solutions' Jeode PersonalJava virtual machine and a desktop interface from Trolltech. It had a 16-bit 3.5in colour screen, 64MB of RAM, CompactFlash slot and SD/MM card slot..."

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