"Who wouldn't check out a Linux-based personal
organizer? I couldn't wait to see Agenda Computing Inc.'s VR3
prototypes at last August's LinuxWorld conference in San Jose. The
new device was small and inexpensive, was running a full version of
Linux on its 66 MHz processor, and was expected to be shipping in
A lot has changed since then, and not necessarily for the
better. The product was delayed for eight months, and the price
increased from the originally quoted $149 to a much heftier $249.
Although the unit is still small and still runs Linux, it's turned
out to be underpowered, and its built-in data syncing software is
designed to work exclusively with Microsoft's Outlook personal
...The VR3 is a very clever handheld, but as a consumer PDA, it
doesn't hold a candle to the much more mature Palm devices. Its
appeal would be greatest for Linux hackers who want a pocket-sized
Linux device to fool around with or for application developers who
want to port standard apps to this platform instead of writing them
from scratch for Windows CE or PalmOS."
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