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AllLinuxDevices: The Linux-Based Yopy PDA: A Mighty Multimedia Mite?

Jul 14, 2000, 13:26 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Hall)

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"The Yopy is a Linux-based PDA being developed by G.Mate and scheduled for distribution by Korea's Samsung. A release date hasn't been set for the device yet, but several sites devoted to covering the product and developing for it have already sprung up. (See the Resources section at the end of this article)"

"If 3Com's Palms are currently noteworthy because of their quiet elegance and minimalism, the Yopy is distinguished by its sheer multimedia power: it's able to play MP3's, MPEG movies, record voice and video, and it also features an embedded web browser, e-mail, and the ability to work with wireless phones and modems. Samsung has also announced that it will include a dictionary, text editor, and all the basic features most of us expect from a PDA, such as a calendar and addressbook. According to the G.Mate web site, the Yopy will not only run Linux, it will provide direct Linux support for the sync operation typical among PDA's."

"The entire package is powered by a 206MHz ARM RISC microprocessor, has 32 MB of RAM and features a 4 inch TFT LCD touch screen capable of showing up to 65,536 colors at 240x320. It also includes 3D Audio, a Compact Flash slot (with support for digital cameras, t.v. tuners, and other devices), IrDA, and both USB and standard serial ports."

"While there's plenty here to make a garden-variety gadget freak quiver, Yopy's big draw for many in the Linux community is its use of Linux and the lightweight W Window System (not related to X's predecessor), which will open it up for the sort of hacking we've all come to expect on our desktops."

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