Lessons from CES: How Palm Beat Apple and Other Stories
Jan 14, 2009, 07:31 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rob Enderle)
"Both the Palm product and Phoenix's Hyperspace are based on
Linux and represent the best personal implementations of this
platform I have seen. Phoenix is known for BIOS but had been
languishing in a market that seemed anything but exciting. So they
decided to step out and use virtualization to create something
that, rather than competing with Windows, worked in conjunction
with it, making both better.
"Linux has advantages in that, like Macs, it’s UNIX at its
core and few viruses can run successfully on it. On the other hand
it is application poor and comparatively hard to use. Hyperspace
takes the Linux advantage and uses it to create a secure, extremely
fast booting and browsing environment. But you still can fast
switch into Windows to do your work.
"The product is simple and elegant and rather than spitting in
the face of Microsoft it cooperates with it (much like Microsoft is
doing with Novell). In the current Obama environment cooperation
seems to be the method of the day and this product speaks to this
like no Linux offering on the desktop every has before."