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."