"Try to remember the last time you didn't hear a personal
digital assistant warbling softly to its owner as you stood in line
for the morning latte fix. For most of us, that sound of silence is
nothing but a distant memory. Like a Florida ballot recount, the
things are all over the place and the revolution has only just
"Most current handhelds are nothing more than glorified day
planners that, through the ingenuity of software developers, have
been coerced into looking and acting like miniature computers. Go
beyond the surface to see the compromises made to achieve those
effects, and you'll understand why current palmtop development will
soon stall without innovation."
"That innovation has arrived in a big way and the driving force
behind it is Linux. Even on a device just slightly larger than a
credit card and powered by a pair of AAA batteries, a handheld
running Linux can deliver the real-time multitasking desktop power
that developers crave and users will hopefully demand."