"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
"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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