"The PowerPlay III PDA is manufactured in Taiwan and
sold online by Empower Technologies, a vendor of Embedded Linux for
intelligent appliances. The device is claimed to be Palm IIIxe
compatible, from a hardware perspective. But unlike Palm's PDAs,
the PowerPlay III runs Empower Technologies' Linux DA O/S
implementation of Embedded Linux for the Dragonball processor.
Another big difference from Palm's PDAs is price: the PowerPlay
III is being sold for $99 online, with an introductory price of
"It feels great to have Linux on my Palm Pilot.
LinuxDA is stable and reasonably fast - but some of the standard
applications really need further development. It seems to me
that the programmers with Empower Technologies were under a lot of
time pressure and thus had to release some applications that just
aren't ready yet. This is especially the case for the handwriting
recognition and the schedule application (EVERYBODY needs to be
able to set alarms, believe me!). The address book needs to be
re-written - it's WAY too slow. Plus I'd love to see a Linux
version of the desktop software and support for external keyboards.
Don't get me wrong: I really don't want to be too negative
here: All of the applications show that professionals are at
work and most of them are almost ready for every-day work.
There's nothing that couldn't be fixed with some effort and time.
If Empower Technologies provide us with regular updates,
LinuxDA will be a full alternative to PalmOS in no time!"
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