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"In one of the first demonstrations of just how small and
powerful a GUI can be, an international group of technologists
recently announced the completion of the IMT-2000, a CDMA smart
phone based on the Embedded Linux operating system. The group,
which includes PalmPalm Technology, SK Telecom Central R&D
Laboratory, and Seoul National University, plans to release a beta
version by the end of 2000, according to recent articles."
"What was emphasized in the initial press surrounding the
announcement was the exciting suite of technologies behind the GUI:
the Tynux OS, PalmPalm's cleverly optimized version of Embedded
Linux; the 206 MHz StrongARM processor from Intel; the superfast
Bluetooth wireless interface; and a suite of small
"What was underemphasized was the pivotal enabling role played
by the GUI itself."
"Built using Trolltech's Qt/Embedded (tm), a crossplatform C++
GUI toolkit and windowing system, the IMT-2000's GUI is an
amazingly capable and intuitive interface. And it is the existence
of such an interface that makes all the difference: without it, a
phone is just a phone; with it, a phone becomes a tool for web
access, PIM applications, MP3 audio, games, voice over IP (VoIP),
and much more."