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Old 05-25-2005, 12:09 PM   #1
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Nokia 770 Linux-based web device

Nokia unveils Linux-based web device without phone (PalmAddict)

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The new device, dubbed Nokia 770, has a four inch horizontal touch screen that can display normal Internet pages. It will sell for $350 excluding VAT or 350 euros including VAT..."We're launching a completely new product category," said Janne Jormalainen, Nokia's vice president for convergence products at its multimedia devices division.
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Product page: Nokia 770 internet tablet - be sure to check out the specs. (800x480 display!)
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Old 05-25-2005, 12:18 PM   #2
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First PalmOne, and now Nokia introducing a "new" product category. I wonder how those analyst geniuses from Gartner are going to deal with this.
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Old 05-25-2005, 12:36 PM   #3
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The product will run entirely on open source software, including a standard Linux operating system also used in desktop computers, marking more unchartered waters for Nokia. "Using standard desktop Linux means innovation is happening faster (than in Linux versions for small devices). We will be very fast in implementing this innovation," Jormalainen said.
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Nokia will also launch and support an open source community Web Site, encouraging software developers to hack into the device and improve the product.
I'm really excited about this development, actually more than I was when i first heard about the LifeDrive. The fact that Nokia is using Linux (not Symbian) is especially noteworthy. They do have the clout and capital to make this device a success.
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Old 05-25-2005, 12:51 PM   #4
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Wonderful news! Embedded Linux means that a healthy collaborative community can participate in making the operation system of the Nokia device more advanced, faster, and more stable. With the complete project source code being available, the lifecycle stability of the entire project is enhanced. Have you ever seen what Linux gurus make of previously closed-source systems? Look at Microsoft's X-box. Unmodded all you have is a gaming console. But modded, you can run applications from the Linux community, such as Media Player Center, which make the device 10x more valuable.
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Old 05-25-2005, 12:53 PM   #5
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Be sure to check out the specs. (800x480 display!)
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Old 05-25-2005, 12:57 PM   #6
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Old 05-25-2005, 01:25 PM   #7
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Now if PalmSource could get Palm OS on that Linux, wouldn't that be great. Heck, if it had a harddrive, it might have put PalmOne's Lifedrive back to the drawing board...

It's just a matter of time when Nokia add PIM application to that unit and turn that into a true PDA. So now we had Palm, Windows CE-Mobile, and Embedded Linux-Nokia Edition...

Wonder if that embedded Linux will be Opensourced... Linux is, but whatever Nokia tacked on to that which isn't part of the OS?

Nokia just might have stolen alot of Lifedrive's thunder...

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This thing looks very cool! I agree about the hard drive for more internal storage and maybe a normal sized SD slot, but overall it's the perfect wireless PDA that everyone's been asking for.

I, too, believe that Nokia is a big enough vendor that this flavor of Linux will attract enough evelopers to come up with the absolute best app's. It'd be great if I could sync it with my Mac, but I'm sure that there are developers that will make the connectivity real (hacker.)

I especially like the news about next year's model with the VOIP and the IM. It doesn't look too gamer friendly, so maybe it doesn't replace my Z2, and as much as I'd loathe to carry another device, this one would be it if I were to.

Get off your duffs, Palm companies. The competition is heating up.
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P.S. I wonder how long they've been working on this device. It does seem that it's been announced at this time to take away from the LifeDrive, but it's time that Palm Co.'s see that other companies are in the game as well.
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Old 05-25-2005, 02:26 PM   #11
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It does have a relatively short battery life, only 3 hours. This makes it less than ideal for e-book reading.
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Old 05-25-2005, 02:59 PM   #12
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I have to tell you, this looks sw33t. I'm not sure it could replace my Tungsten T3's PIMs (which isn't the 770's focus anyway), but if I was in the market for a media player/LifeDrive-class device, I'd have to seriously consider it. (It handily beats the LifeDrive on specs; question is, will it live up to the specs?)

There's been rumors that Nokia has been funding the Mozilla Foundations's Minimo project; could the 770 be the reason why?
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There's been rumors that Nokia has been funding the Mozilla Foundations's Minimo project; could the 770 be the reason why?
Absolutely! It is not the first time that Nokia has been funding open-source projects. I remember when Nokia worked hand in hand with the open source community on developing a DVB API (LinuxTV), a subsystem for digital television (DVB, DTV) receivers, Linux DVD players, and tools to stream audio and video to the net.

Who would have thought that Nokia could become PalmSource's most ferocious competitor
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The developer's site is here: maemo.org
Thanks I was looking for this link. Did you have a look at the screenshots? Looks tasty.
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Funny other companies let leak out so much information before the official product announcement (like PalmOne and its LifeDrive), while Nokia silently released this killer device!!
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