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LinuxDevices.com: Exploring Linux PDA software alternatives

Dec 09, 2000, 22:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jerry Epplin)

"In no area is this improvement more significant than for PDAs, a market for which Linux currently seems stunningly appropriate. Here is a market in which connectivity with desktop computers is important, so mature and stable networking support is a necessity. The presence of a GUI virtually defines what a PDA is, so good GUI support is also important. Current retail prices for PDAs are in the low hundreds of US dollars, a price range that allows designing in RAM, flash, and processing power sufficient to support Linux well."

"On the other hand, the market is sufficiently price sensitive that most manufacturers find it onerous to pay even a token royalty to Microsoft or Palm for the use of an OS. Yet using a low-end or home-brew OS, in an attempt to target cheaper hardware, is simply out of the question -- the market is moving too fast for the longer design cycles that would result."

"In short, all signs now point to embedded Linux, as a platform for today's increasingly sophisticated PDAs."

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