|08-26-2005, 10:34 AM||#1|
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: The Netherlands
Device: iPod Touch
Palm Ramping Up for Linux-Based Devices
Palm Ramping Up for Linux-Based Devices: (Brighthand)
|08-26-2005, 11:01 AM||#2|
Recovering Gadget Addict
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Or could they even be considering a device with Linux minus PalmOS?
I suppose now is the right time to hire if they are planning to be working on PalmOS for Linux devices for release in the next year or two. And positions like these would sure seem to indicate a Linux smartphone
|08-26-2005, 12:24 PM||#3|
Join Date: May 2003
Device: Tungsten T5
It is really great business sense on Palm's part to start learning about Linux... With the market in flux and the switch to smartphones or connected devices from standalone PDAs, it pays to invest in all technology as sort of an insurance...
If Palm on Linux materializes, the expertise will enable them to be first in line with new devices.
If Palmsource fails to deliver, they could use another Linux distribution easily...
If Windows Mobile reigns, then there's the rumored Treo 700...
Ed Colligan seems to be preparing for all eventualities... Unlike Palmsource which bet the farm on 'Palm on Linux', Palm, Inc. will survive no matter what happens...
|08-26-2005, 02:08 PM||#4|
Mobile Ministry Magazine
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Charlotte, NC
Device: Nokia N75/N800 Internet Tablet
Its possible, but in all cases Palm more so than PalmSource needs to cover their tooshies. I would see a Linu developer or many as being a great boon seeing that Palm likes to tweak the vanilla OS to their liking. Also, testing and engineering software that will work on one model at a time has to be a skill worth following into Linux models
|08-26-2005, 02:56 PM||#5|
Join Date: Mar 2003
Device: Treo 700p, Zodiac2
After all of the Treo WM rumors that keep reappearing then dying down, I think the following is becoming pretty clear:
1. Palm, while maintaining an "OS agnostic" official line, flirted with WM on the Treo for a "just in case" scenario, just as Apple has been compiling OS X to run on x86 since day 1.
2. Palm has decided that while WM might get them new customers in the short run, they've decided against it and are now completely behind Linux. Whether or not it's a way of preparing their devices for the arrival of Palm OS for Linux from PalmSource, or they are developing their own OS using Linux (as Bob suggests) remains to be seen. It wouldn't surprise me, especially if it's combined with some software from Jeff Hawkins's & Donna Dubinsky's latest startup Numenta, which is developing software tools and an OS using "real intelligence".
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