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Linux Magazine: VR3 Does Not Meet the Agenda

Sep 22, 2001, 22:01 (18 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Alan Zeichick)
"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 October 2000.

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 information manager.

...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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