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David Beers has posted an interview with former PalmSource Linux programmer Mary Fouts. In the article Marty talks about Linux as a mobile device OS and the challenges it faces as an embedded system, the GPL software development process and Linux development tools. While he can't talk too much about Palm OS for Linux due to a PalmSource NDA, it is a interesting read.
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I'm cringing at the potential comments THIS one generates!

SeldomVisitor @ 12/27/2005 1:39:49 PM # Q

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legodude522 @ 12/27/2005 2:31:11 PM # Q
Lol, Marty is on this very forum.

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Dumb and Dumber?

The_Voice_of_Reason @ 12/27/2005 4:30:09 PM # Q
Putting these two together is a great way to fertilize lawns...

So much B.S., so little time...


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RE: Dumb and Dumber?
Wollombi @ 12/29/2005 7:22:14 AM # Q
Looked in the mirror lately?

Let me put it more clearly. You have displayed a level of intelligence, and even occasionally a flair for wit. I would like to believe that this is more than mere appearance.

That being said, you also seem to spend an inordinate amount of your time attacking others here and offering a large supply of knee-jerk, reactionary posts to any who would *dare* disagree with you. This is a sign of both a narrow intellect and small mind, and a demonstration of a lack of self-control (temper and toungue) on your part.

As intelligent as you may (or may not) be, wit and intellect still fail be act as viable excuses for poor manners.


There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.

RE: Dumb and Dumber?
Wollombi @ 12/29/2005 7:28:03 AM # Q

As intelligent as you may (or may not) be, wit and intellect still fail as viable excuses for poor manners.


There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.

RE: Dumb and Dumber?
KultiVator @ 12/29/2005 8:52:57 AM # Q
Glad I'm not the only one who throws in reactions like this from time to time.

Banter is one thing - but 'Tiny Voice of Rudeness' and pals are arrogant to the point of being noxious at times... BUT can be very down to earth, perceptive and humourous without warning.

A bit like an alcoholic experiencing rare moments of clarity between binges!

So TVoR, got any bad habits you need to tell us about?


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Good Interview, Thanks!

DevPOV @ 12/28/2005 10:13:32 AM # Q
I for one, think the interview was a good read and quite interesting. Some can bash Mr. Beers and Mr. Fouts as they will bash everything seemingly without merit, but David asked good questions and Marty had some interesting and insightful answers (as far as he could given the NDA).

RE: Good Interview, Thanks!
KultiVator @ 12/29/2005 9:00:55 AM # Q
Yes, a good read with some substance and a credit-worthy source. Mr Beers threw in some good questions and even though some of the answers might have been sanitised to a degree, it does give a feel for some of the issues facing Palm and Access in the coming months.

It also backs my own personal feeling that Linux is hyped as a pacacea for all ills, when in actual fact a huge amount of development work is needed to bring a compelling and stable PDA/Smartphone product to market given the 'general computing' approach of Linux and the specific limited resources of handheld devices.

Afterall, a PDA/Smartphone sits mid-way between an embedded controller on say a washing-machine and a full-blown PC system, yet imposes a raft-load of additional constraints, especially with regard to power consumption, UI, wireless connectivity, etc

If nothing else, this article hints how everything may not be as cut and dried as certain people keep insisting it is.

I'm still anticipating a long wait, followed by some surprises in the second half of this year as we approach the point in time when products will be announced and maybe even some new licensees whose focus is aimed primarily towards the European/Asian audience. Add to that some innovative new hardware and a new Laptop/PDA combo device (with USB 2.0 host connectivity and a 3G radio and a 640x480 or 800x600 screen, etc) to pick up where the Sony UX series left off and that would be a happy 2006 for me.

Never under-estimate the power of imagination! There's people out there working for dynamic companies, who posess this quality and the handheld market is ripe for massive innovation (at least on my side of the great Atlantic pond).

Happy new year to all who contribute (or quietly lurk in the background) here on PIC. May you and your families have great success and happiness in 2006.

P.S. The early snow still forms a thick blanket here in my part of the UK - a magical sight this close to Christmas.

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