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CNNfn: Hand me the Linux [The Agenda launches at COMDEX]

Apr 03, 2001, 21:11 (0 Talkback[s])

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"In handhelds, Palm's OS is the market leader. But it, too, has been facing an increasing competitive threat, this one from the new "PocketPCs" running the latest version of Microsoft's Windows CE platform. Last year, PocketPC accounted for roughly 10.3 percent of the total market share of handheld computers sold, up from about 6.8 percent in 1999, according to a survey conducted by market research firm NPD Intellect."

"LaRonde is aiming to chip away even further at Palm's base of users with Agenda Computing's new Linux-based handhelds. Because Linux at its core is a network operating system while Palm is designed to run one task or program at a time, he says Linux will be much easier to develop networking and communications applications for as handhelds are increasingly used as network-access devices."

"The key is not so much what Agenda is going to do in terms of networking capabilities, but what the Linux community and the third-party developers are going to do, he said. "Because what they've got with Agenda is a low-cost, lightweight Linux platform to develop their solutions on."

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