Switch Your Palm to Linux
Empower Technologies Inc. has announced that it will soon be releasing Linux DA O/S DB v1.0, which replaces the Palm OS in some models but still remains fully compatible with Palm's hardware. Using the open source Linux kernel, Empower Technologies has created the first Linux compatible OS scaled down for the Motorola Dragonball CPU.
A demo version of Linux DA O/S for Palm IIIx and IIIxe, along with a user manual, will be available for free download at noon PST. The full versions can be preordered. The consumer version will be $40 and the professional one, which adds an SDK and tech support, will be $60.
In addition to the IIIx and IIIxe, there will also be a full version for the Vx. Versions of Linux DA will also be available for other platforms including StrongARM, XScale, and many others.
Linux DA includes full desktop programs: To-do, Memo, Expense, Address, Schedule, Install, DataSync. It has a programmable Graphics User Interface (GUI) and an Intelligent Power Management Systems program.
The soft keyboard supports both QWERTY and Natural keypads while the handwriting recognition application uses natural writing.
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