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osOpinion: Is a New Wave of Linux-Based Wireless Coming?

Jul 25, 2001, 23:59 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dan McDonough)

[ Thanks to Kelly McNeill for this link. ]

The combination of Java and Linux seems to be capturing imaginations, as this piece alludes to it yet again. The burning question, though, is whether Linux will dent the entrenched PalmOS market, or put the brakes on the growing popularity of PocketPC:

"Linux is usually first to deploy new Internet standards for a wide range of functions from connectivity to security to messaging," Prince told Wireless NewsFactor. "These new standards will be rapidly implemented on Linux-based PDAs far in advance of proprietary systems from Palm or Microsoft."

Typical Internet options may not give Linux that edge, but when the features get fancy, things change. And new Java functionality may give Linux the advantage.

"Next-generation Linux PDA implementations are generally layering a Java virtual machine on top of Linux, enabling a wide range of cross-platform Java apps to run on Linux PDAs," Prince said."

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