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Lessons from CES: How Palm Beat Apple and Other Stories

Jan 14, 2009, 07:31 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rob Enderle)

"Both the Palm product and Phoenix's Hyperspace are based on Linux and represent the best personal implementations of this platform I have seen. Phoenix is known for BIOS but had been languishing in a market that seemed anything but exciting. So they decided to step out and use virtualization to create something that, rather than competing with Windows, worked in conjunction with it, making both better.

"Linux has advantages in that, like Macs, it’s UNIX at its core and few viruses can run successfully on it. On the other hand it is application poor and comparatively hard to use. Hyperspace takes the Linux advantage and uses it to create a secure, extremely fast booting and browsing environment. But you still can fast switch into Windows to do your work.

"The product is simple and elegant and rather than spitting in the face of Microsoft it cooperates with it (much like Microsoft is doing with Novell). In the current Obama environment cooperation seems to be the method of the day and this product speaks to this like no Linux offering on the desktop every has before."

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