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ZDNet: The Handheld That Will Make You Like Linux

Jun 12, 2003, 11:00 (8 Talkback[s])
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"As much as I've followed the open-source software movement over the years, I'd never tried Linux. I'm a business user, not a geek, and groping through the labyrinths of a foreign operating system just isn't my idea of fun.

"But last week I finally dipped my toes into open source by trying out a Sharp Zaurus SL-5600, a handheld that made its U.S. debut in April. To any of you who (like me) loathed the thought of trying Linux, I've got to say: Come on in, the water's just fine. In fact, it's downright refreshing...

"Here's my assessment: At $500 or so, the SL-5600 delivers a lot of bang for the buck, especially if you use your handheld more for work than for play. Sharp, a consumer electronics maker, has designed the Zaurus with the corporate customer in mind. It's Wi-Fi ready. By July, Sharp officials tell me, it'll have a VPN client, as well as drivers that will allow it to hook up to high-speed, 3G mobile voice/data networks from the likes of Sprint and Verizon..."

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