"Sharp this week put on sale its Linux-based Zaurus handheld
computer and included one unexpected feature: a $50 price cut.
"While showing the device to developers at various trade shows
since it was detailed in June, the electronics maker had said it
would charge $550 for the product. When it goes on sale this week
through Sharp's Web site and several online retailers, the Zaurus
will cost $499, according to Randy Dazo, director of marketing for
Sharp's mobile solutions group.
"The Zaurus is one of the first Linux-based PDAs to hit the
market, and the only one that is positioned for commercial success
as it competes against industry-leading devices based on
Microsoft's PocketPC operating system and the Palm OS, according to
one industry analyst..."