Rumor: Palm to Release a Linux Feature Phone?
LinuxDevices.com is reporting that Palm may ship a Linux powered feature phone by years end, say sources close to the company. The article claims the device will be powered by Wind River Linux, not PalmSource's version of Palm OS for Linux.
This development would certainly be a surprise given that Palm CEO Ed Colligan recently remarked at the unveiling of the Windows Mobile Treo press conference that "We [Palm] doesn't need another operating system." Furthermore, Palm's senior VP of marketing Ken Wirt was recently quoted as saying "We are waiting for PalmSource to port the Palm environment to Linux before moving away from Palm OS 5. [...] It will take us about a year to build a product on Palm OS for Linux after they come out with it."
Open jobs listings on Palm's website indicate the company has been preparing for Linux development for a new generation of Palm devices. Back in August, the company had as many as 13 open engineering positions related to Linux. Wind River's website even lists Palm as a customer.
PalmSource has been busy working on its own version of Palm OS for Linux for feature phones and smartphones. However, the company does not plan to have the new operating systems ready until the summer of 2006 at the earliest.
Thanks to David Beers for the tip.
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