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infoSync World: Opie Puts Linux in Your Hand

Aug 07, 2003, 08:00 (2 Talkback[s])
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"The Opie project has reached its 1.0 milestone, offering a standardized Linux-based platform for a variety of handheld devices.

"The Open Palmtop Integrated Environment (Opie) project has announced that the Opie 1.0 milestone has been reached, and the system is available now. OPIE is a GNU/Linux-based software package designed for portability across a large number of handheld devices from multiple manufacturers.

"Opie began as an offshoot of Trolltech's Qtopia Linux-based system used on the Sharp Zaurus SL-5500 and other devices. The Qtopia system is a handheld-targeted version of Qt, Trolltech's cross-platform development system, which is also the basis for Free Software projects such as the KDE Project, as well as the Opera web browser. Because Qt and Qtopia are both available under the GNU General Public License (GPL), the Opie team chose to take the available codebase and enhance it to make it richer and port it to more devices. As is common for Free Software projects, Opie has been available for some time, despite only just reaching official 1.0 status..."

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