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PRNewswire: Compaq Ports Linux to iPAQ Handheld Computer

Jun 19, 2000, 19:07 (0 Talkback[s])

"Capitalizing on its innovative research and development capabilities, Compaq Computer Corporation today announced the Open Handheld Program, a new initiative designed to stimulate innovation and research on handheld devices. Derived from Compaq Corporate Research's Itsy pocket computer project, the Open Handheld Program will enable developers and researchers looking to explore applications and uses for handheld computing to experiment with Compaq's iPAQ handheld by gaining access to the Linux-based source code for the device."

"In support of the open source community, Compaq is making available a port of the Linux operating system to Compaq's iPAQ handheld. This leverages the iPAQ handheld's flash memory allowing the unit's operating system to be easily upgraded. The port will enable researchers and developers to utilize the flexibility and openness of Linux to rapidly develop and prototype new applications for this growing market. To foster innovation and the sharing of information, Compaq also is hosting a web site (www.handhelds.org) dedicated to open source handheld development. Further description of the Open Handheld Program will be provided at the USENIX conference in San Diego June 19 to 22 in Compaq booth #48-50."

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