"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
"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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