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Forbes: New Linux PDAs Blur the Lines Between Laptop & PDA

May 20, 2003, 20:30 (4 Talkback[s])
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"For some time now, the trend in handheld devices has been a blurring of the lines between the dedicated PDA and the wireless mobile phone.

"But there's another path that a few companies have opted to take: blurring the lines between a PDA and a laptop computer. Microsoft's Tablet PC product line and a handful of Web pads are only a few examples.

"Japan's Sharp has been offering a line of PDAs that doesn't run on one of the dominant operating systems typical of handheld devices. There's no Palm OS nor Microsoft Pocket PC nor Symbian OS. Instead, the Zaurus devices run Linux--which has made them popular among devotees of that platform..."

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