The Register: Sharp tools up with Linux to fight Palm

“Sharp is looking to Linux as the basis for the next generation
of its Zaurus PDAs – at least as far as models sold outside Japan

“The next Zaurus – provisionally due in the US before Christmas,
according to a Sharp spokesman cited by Reuters – will run ship
with Linux to overseas buyers, but Japanese customers’ machines
will run Sharp’s current, proprietary Zaurus OS.”

“Essentially, it’s all about competing with Palm and co. by
providing buyers with the scope to download and add applications to
the basic handheld. The idea isn’t to appeal to individual buyers,
rather to target corporate customers who want to provide employees
with PDAs that can hook into their networks.”


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