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osOpinion: Can Mobile Linux Make It?

Jan 02, 2001, 16:25 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Not much on the detailed workings of the Tablet PC has been released, but we do know a few things. The device runs on the Windows OS, maintains wireless connectivity via 802.11 and Bluetooth, has a touch sensitive high resolution LCD display for use with a stylus, uses a hard drive for storage, has at least 128MB of onboard memory, uses an advanced hand writing recognition application which leaves written entries in their original form, is light enough to be held in one hand and finally, will not be using an embedded OS like Mobile Linux."

"Meanwhile, several other manufacturers have already begun to market their Tablet PC variations. Innolabs has already demonstrated a full-feature tablet running on Crusoe with Windows 2000. It appears that this level of functionality is the most promising for the consumer right now. The browser and e-mail-only platform is simply too limited by the Internet itself."

"Were the software applications that are only available as installed programs to become widely accessible from the Internet itself, the situation would take on a different light. Were the browser to be the interface to access Word or AutoCAD residing on a NET-based application server, the tables would be sharply turned in favor of the Mobile Linux environment."

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