Linux OS for Palm Hardware Available
Empower Technologies announced today at the LinuxWorld Expo that it has released the full version of the Linux DA operating system for the Palm IIIx, IIIxe, and Vx. They also announced licencing deals with two Taiwanese companies to ship handhelds with their OS preinstalled.
Linux DA O/S v1.0 DBE replaces the Palm OS within the handheld but still remains fully compatible with the hardware. Using the open source Linux kernel, they created the first Linux compatible OS scaled down for Palm platform. Linux DA can back up to a desktop PC and is able to utilize handwriting recognition for data input.
The consumer version is $40 and the professional one, which adds an SDK and tech support, is $60. A demo version is available.
Linux DA has fifteen apps, including apps for keeping track of schedules, addresses, memos, and expenses. It also has a drawing app, a couple of games, and more. It includes some desktop apps, too: To-do, Memo, Expense, Address, Schedule, Install, and DataSync.
"Just as the PC market shifted radically when the operating system was unbundled from the hardware, we believe that the Palm-compatible market is going to explode with the release of our embedded Linux DA O/S," said Paul Leung, President and CEO of Empower Technologies. "The consumer and licensee markets are definitely ready. When we released the demo version of Linux DA O/S for Palm just over a month ago, the download rate on our web site was over 30,000 copies in under three weeks."
Elitegroup Computer Systems and APlux Communications both plan to release handhelds running Linux DA.
"We are very pleased to have secured a licensing agreement with Empower Technologies,'' said David Chang, Vice President of Elitegroup Computer Systems, one of the leading motherboard manufacturers in Taiwan. "We believe that the availability of a Linux Palm-compatible operating system will serve to provide more choice to consumers.''
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