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Old 08-11-2005, 02:19 AM   #1
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Palm inc. meet Linux, Linux meet Palm Inc.

This is rather old news but no one had mentioned it (I did a search) and its still making quite the stir in the handheld market now that PalmOne and PalmSource merged back into Palm.

Anyways the newest version of the Palm OS will be based off the Linux Kernel. Should be interesting to see where this will lead for Palm.


I hope this willl mean we will finally get a huge OS Update for our Palms....and I hope its backwards compatiable with at least the Palm OS 5 devices.
Old 08-11-2005, 02:55 AM   #2
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I'm hoping it'll mean it's really easy to replace Palm OS with Linux, or maybe to dual-boot the two

Right now, there's only one thing I specifically need Palm OS for. This was my incentive to start learning Python - I hope to eventually write my own Linux replacement.

FVWM on a Palm... that would be cool!
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Well Dual boot would suggest that there is an actual boot cycle. However handhelds don't actually power off.....they go into a there is no boot sector or sequence, At the most it may revert to factory defaults. So I doubt you can dual boot it. YOu may be able to overwrite the Palm OS with your own Linux OS I would be surprised if someone hasn't actually already done that but as far as I know with palms the OS is written to some Flash ROM.. Basically what this is doing is allowing plam to focus on making a better front interface and not need to worry about the kernel as much.

But good luck on your goals


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