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Linux Journal: iPAQ on Linux

Oct 03, 2001, 03:00 (1 Talkback[s])
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"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."

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