"Linux is making inroads into the PDA market with a
number of handheld companies announcing support for the open source
operating system. Lineo, which supplies the operating environment
for a number of mobile devices, is upbeat about both its and the
open source operating system's prospects in the handheld devices
While new to a market which already has established giants Palm
and Microsoft operating systems battling it out for market share,
Ishrat Hakim, Lineo's vice president Asia-Pacific sales and
corporate development, believes Linux has the ability to hold its
own in this ultra-competitive arena.
This confidence is in spite of research from Gartner noting that
the worldwide Linux PDA market share in 2001 represented a mere
0.2% of the 13.11 million units shipped in total."