"Users looking for the basic PDA functions can also
install Agenda Computing's PIM software, which includes Palm-like
versions of date and address books as well as a scientific
calculator. The Familiar framework also features a small, on-screen
keyboard and a powerful character recognition tool called xstroke .
Admittedly, Hicks said, Linux on the iPAQ isn't for everyone.
While running Linux on your iPAQ is cool, there are few "real"
personal information management tools that novices can use as
seamlessly as Palm OS or some of the ActiveSync systems from
Microsoft. However, programs are in the works to ensure that basic
PDA functions are covered.
For casual users interested in a PIM, Gettys suggests sticking
with Palm OS or Windows CE. However, to truly see the power of an
iPAQ, Linux is a real treat. Web browsing is quick. The BackPaq is
an incredible tool, allowing real-time, wireless
video-conferencing. And, for programmers, the Python interpreter is
small and speedy."