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LinuxDevices.com: A developer's perspective on Agenda's VR3 Linux PDA

Apr 17, 2001, 23:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jerry Epplin)

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"In previous articles I covered the efforts to implement Linux on the Compaq iPAQ, a high-end PDA especially well-suited for Linux because of its generous complement of resources; including generous amounts of RAM and flash, a fairly high-speed processor, and a color display. A reasonable question might be how well Linux could function on a more restricted platform, since Palm's products are successfully used by millions of users but are implemented with quite limited resources. Accordingly, this article takes a brief look at the Agenda Computing VR3, a new PDA designed specifically for use with Linux."

"To call the VR3 a low-end PDA comparable to most Palm devices is probably not quite accurate, as it has a MIPS VR4181 running at 66 MHz, 8 MB of RAM and 16 MB of flash available. Still, it retails for $249, which puts it in the mainstream of PDA pricing. A successful Linux-based PDA implementation retailing at that price could mark the maturation of Linux as a PDA OS to rival PalmOS."

"Thus, it is encouraging to report that the VR3 is a fairly successful implementation of a Linux PDA, from both a user's and a developer's point of view. Users will appreciate the well-designed applications, consisting of the usual complement of personal information management programs such as a to-do list manager, an address book, a calculator, a note manager, a utility to keep track of expenses, and a time scheduler. It also has some cleanly ported standard Linux games, including solitaire and checkers."

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