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AllLinuxDevices: Franklin eBookMan: Linux Developers Welcome, Linux Users Will Have to Wait

Dec 22, 2000, 13:36 (7 Talkback[s])
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"We'd like to send a man to the moon, too," said Franklin's Executive Vice President Gregory J. Winsky, explaining why the company has made no firm plans to include Linux desktop support for their eBookMan in the forseeable future, despite the Linux version of the unit's SDK the company's shipping."

"The eBookMan is a PDA/e-book reader/multimedia device to be released next year. Franklin anticipates bringing the unit out at $129.95 for the lowest-end model. Among other features, they plan to include "natural handwriting recognition," voice recording, and Microsoft Outlook synchronization."

"Winsky's comments came on the heels of Franklin's announcement that they are releasing a special "developer edition" of the eBookMan to go along with last month's SDK release. The move is reminiscent of Agenda Computing's own recent developer release of their VR3 Linux-based handheld, but where Agenda's hacker community is at work smoothing out the rough spots of the unit before it's consumer ready, Franklin is angling at generating a large base of ready-to-run third party software that will be waiting for consumers when the retail units ship."

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