Here's another backgrounder on handheld Linux with an
interesting quote from Agenda's Brad LaRonde near the top:
"But even today, commercially available Linux PDAs and
associated application support are hard to come by. "We're at the
beginning, the birth of Linux on PDAs," says Bradley LaRonde, CEO
of Agenda Computing Inc., which in March became the first company
to ship a Linux PDA to the U.S. market. While LaRonde, a staunch
open-source advocate, sees the closed-source licensing of Palm OS
and Windows CE as their primary drawbacks, he also questions Palm's
ability to move ahead.
"Palm is stuck with operating-system technology that was
out-of-date when they wrote it," LaRonde says. "Palm's applications
are built with the limitations of the Palm PDA. Things like the
pointer and memory-management schemes are inherently limited."
But with an estimated 85% share of the PDA market, Palm's
consistency and simplicity have served it well despite its lack of
robust multitasking, a high-resolution screen, and CPU horsepower.
Palm has been careful to maintain a consistent API with the Palm OS
and has pretty much standardized on the Motorola Dragonball
processor for hardware implementations. As a result, applications
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