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osOpinion: A UNIX PDA, anyone?

Aug 10, 2000, 07:20 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Edward Scott)

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"With PDAs being the latest craze to hit computing, its a wonder that more isn't being done from the UNIX/Linux side. Transmeta seems to be heading in the right direction with the Crusoe chip, but why has there not been a PDA with UNIX already installed? We all know that UNIX requires a very small amount of space in MBs to boot and operate, so it would make sense for one of these PDA firms to make a UNIX based PDA commitment. It would sell."

"Imagine being a sysadmin and having the cron jobs email your PDA with a text output instead of your pager or cell phone. You could upload small UNIX scripts to the PDA and have it do all manner of nifty network chores. You could probably fit enough network tools on a PDA to help you with your day to day UNIX tasks. Imagine a hand-held diagnostics tool for UNIX servers in the form of a PDA. Or a small jumpstart server for diskless clients that you could take on remote job sites. Think of the possibilities. I know that there are firms out there now that are developing these ideas, but I can't wait to see them implemented."

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