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AllLinuxDevices: COMDEX Notes, Part One: Hands on with Linux Handhelds

Nov 14, 2000, 15:44 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Hall)

"TrollTech's Qt/Embedded running on Compaq iPAQs and Casio Cassiopeias was on display. Qt/Embedded has a rich set of tools for handhelds, and the interface looks solid. I spent some time with a pair of demo units and took a look at a prototype unit used to get the environment up and running on the Cassiopeia."

"Performance on the older Cassiopeia was a little slower than what we saw on the iPAQ. On the iPAQ, though, Qt/Embedded proved to be as snappy displaying its window-based interface and multiple application windows in color with alpha transparency as a monochrome PalmOS-based device. A small suite of PIM utilities and games was polished and very usable. Though only the Tetris game is a direct port from KDE software, all the apps had the distinctive KDE look. That look, though, didn't translate into slavish devotion to making the device behave entirely like KDE: the controls are layed out in a sensible manner for a handheld, certainly no more intrusive than the menu/clock bar on PalmOS, which alleviates some concerns many have expressed that handheld developers may repeat the mistakes Microsoft has made with WinCE and, to a lesser extent, PocketPC in terms of inappropriate translations of interface elements from their desktop OS's."

"Qt/Embedded has a fairly robust handwriting recognition setup similar to the Graffiti many are used to from PalmOS handhelds, but it included one interesting feature: penstrokes can be redefined on the fly, meaning if you have a hard time with the pre-programmed strokes, you can work out the kinks to suit yourself better by defining your own variations."

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