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NewsForge: Linux palmtop revolution on its way

Nov 18, 2000, 20:08 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dan Berkes)

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"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 begun."

"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."

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