"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."