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O'Reilly Network: The Agenda VR3: Real Linux in a PDA

May 20, 2001, 12:00 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Chris Halsall)

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O'Reilly kicks off a three-part look at Linux PDA's with this in-depth on the Agenda VR3. As with most reviews on this particular device, it boils down to the coolness of a Linux handheld vs. the Agenda's general unsuitability for people looking for "just a PDA."

"...One could argue Agenda Computing might be releasing the VR3 too early. And, frankly, I couldn't recommend the VR3 to Jane Consumer PDA user who just wants some stable PIM apps and the ability to IrDA data between co-workers -- not just yet. Maybe in another month or two, after everything settles out and other people have had a chance to find the bugs. But now, today (2000.05.17), I'd recommend a Palm m150.

To a geek or developer, on the other hand, I think the VR3 is a platform worth having a serious look at. The price-point is such that it can be simple to justify its deployment at specialized and targeted applications. Porting of apps, so long as they fit within the constraints of such a small display size, cannot get much easier. It's Linux and X!"

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