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ZDNet UK: Sharp Aims Linux-based PDA at UK Corporations

Apr 19, 2002, 16:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"The first major Linux-based handheld computer, the Zaurus SL-5500, arrives in the UK next month, but will need more applications to take off, Sharp admits.

"The major challenge Sharp Electronics will face in introducing its new Linux-based handheld computer is spurring developers to create a large body of applications, the company said on Wednesday. Sharp was kicking off the UK launch of the device, the Zaurus SL-5500, which will be available in European retail outlets from next month.

"The Zaurus, launched in the US earlier this month, is the first Linux-based handheld from a major manufacturer. While Linux hasn't yet been adopted in the desktop market on any great scale, Sharp is confident that its open nature will make it a permanent feature of the computing landscape and encourage application development..."

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