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CNET News.com/Bloomberg: Sharp to challenge Palm, Pocket PC with Linux PDA

Mar 05, 2001, 20:36 (0 Talkback[s])

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"Sharp Electronics, which leads Japan's market for handheld electronic organizers, said it will challenge Palm and Microsoft on their home turf by introducing a device running on the free Linux operating system...."

"Currently no major handheld makers produce PDAs running the Linux operating system, which is gaining acceptance in the computer server market because its underlying code is freely distributed on the Internet. Palm OS-based handhelds took almost three-quarters of the global market last year; Microsoft's devices increased their share, according to research firm IDC...."

"Sharp, which has had little presence overseas while using a proprietary operating system, picked Linux because of the open code, which enables Sharp to have more freedom in designing instructions and programs for users, Uno said."

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