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Feb 20, 2001, 21:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ed Sutherland)

"Look out PalmOS and Windows CE, here comes Linux."

"That's the warning given the two most-used personal digital assistant (PDA) operating systems as a flood of mobile devices based on the popular open source Linux OS reach mobile consumers."

"When you buy a PalmPilot or Windows CE-based handheld computer, part of the $300-$400 price is the license fee both Palm and Microsoft charge for their mobile operating systems. Manufacturers are drawn to Linux's no-fee alternative."

"Since the PDA market operates in the margin, analysts say, eliminating the $10-$15 for each WinCE or $20 for Palm means units can be sold with the same features but for much less."

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