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Linux Journal: Spotlight on the Winners: PocketLinux

Dec 14, 2000, 13:58 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Don Marti)

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"Today, PocketLinux is taking on the ambitious task of putting a full Java environment, XML and a web server onto a PDA. Oh, and user interface themes, the silly but cool-looking software innovation du jour. Their target platforms are the PDAs we all want, such as the Compaq iPAQ, which has 32 MB of RAM, 16 MB of flash ROM and a big-enough-to-do-email-on color 240x320 screen. That's as much RAM as my second desktop Linux box."

"Wait a minute? A Java GUI environment? How totally last decade! Everyone knows Java is just the "new Cobol"--a server-side language for people who write sales-tax-calculating applications and wear short-sleeved shirts with ties to work!"

"Wrong. PocketLinux has an active development list, and if anyone can take Java back to its "virtual machine for small devices" roots, they can. If you think Java is lame, find me another way to "beam" applications from PDAs of one architecture to PDAs of another architecture."

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