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."