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ACCESS Releases ALP Garnet VM Compatibility Kit

ACCESS has released a Garnet VM Compatibility Kit. The kit includes a Garnet VM emulator that will run Garnet applications within the ACCESS Linux Platform. The kit is intended to help current Palm OS Garnet developers check how their current applications will run in ACCESS Linux Platform, and adjust them if necessary.

The kit supports testing on Windows and Linux. For Windows, it includes an ARM emulator running the Garnet VM environment. For Linux, it includes the Garnet VM simulator. Both platforms will run 68k and ARM PNO application code. Both Release and Debug (with extra parameter checking and error messages) versions are included.

Garnet VMACCESS says this standalone version of the GVM is a subset of the application that runs within ACCESS Linux Platform. The full version provides additional gateways to the host system such as PIM data sharing and will be provided as part of the ACCESS Linux Platform SDK in the future.

TamsPalm has some additional information. Alexander Gratz writes that the launcher reports the OS as Palm OS Garnet v5.5, the emulator runs in 240320 resolution display mode and uses a different set of fonts. It includes the standard PIM applications, preferences and one test application.

The kit contains additional developer documentation and information as well.

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Dead?

t3h @ 4/18/2007 7:11:31 PM # Q
But isn't Access (virtually) dead, becuase Palm announced yet another Linux platform?

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RE: Dead?
DarthRepublican @ 4/18/2007 7:28:45 PM # Q
The Access ALP will probably be popular (at least Access hopes it will be) in Asian cellphones. We'll probably never see any truly Access powered phones or PDAs but they'll probably make huge amount of money off it in Asia. Or maybe they won't. Without Palm's involvement there's not much incentive for me to care.

RE: Dead?
PenguinPowered @ 4/19/2007 7:18:22 PM # Q
Despite the spin coming out of PSRC, Access never intended to do much with PalmOS, so this doesn't make any difference to them.

Now that it's been officially announced, I wonder if Access knew about Palm doing their own Linux even before they purchased PSRC. PSRC management apparently knew, so I suspect it's something they would have disclosed during due dilegance.



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Palm OS on Linux vs. ALP OS

twrock @ 4/18/2007 7:21:23 PM # Q
(Reposting this here where it makes more sense)

What essentially will be the differences between Palm's Linux based OS vs. what ACCESS is doing? Considering the wording of the contract between Palm and ACCESS regarding the rights to Garnet (particularly the part of how Palm must maintain "compatibility" in how they implement it), how different will Palm's implementation be than the "Garnet on Linux" that ALP is doing? From a developers standpoint, how deep will the "access" to Linux go on Palm's new OS?




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RE: Palm OS on Linux vs. ALP OS
LiveFaith @ 4/18/2007 10:56:00 PM # Q
Palm only has limitations from any Access agreements if they call it "Palm OS", right? Did the news release last week reveal that they will use this name and be bound by limitations. That would be crazy in my estimation.

Sure, you want the warm marketing slogan of Palm OS, but why not slide by with all you want in "Palm's OS"?

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Gray box?

mikecane @ 4/19/2007 11:27:49 AM # Q
What is that gray box off to the right of the G area?!

RE: Gray box?
PenguinPowered @ 4/19/2007 7:24:08 PM # Q
Jeff Hawking's secret third business! ;)


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