"In an effort to spur the development of Linux for handheld
computers, Houston-based Compaq Computer will make a version of the
operating system for its recently released iPaq handheld computers
available to software developers through the company's new Open
"Compaq's release of Linux for the iPaq will allow
researchers and developers to write new applications for handheld
computers and other intelligent appliances, said Nora Hahn, a
Compaq spokeswoman. The idea is to try to encourage use of Linux as
a common operating system and development tool for handheld
"The iPaq, released in April, will continue to use the Windows
CE operating system commercially, however. The Palm and Microsoft
Windows CE operating systems hold the small device market now, but
Linux "may become a second platform in the future," Hahn said.
"Customers are pretty focused on a Windows environment," she
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