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A look at the ACCESS Linux Platform


ACCESS Linux PlatformThe Treonauts have posted a piece on the recently released screenshots of the ACCESS Linux Platform (ALP) unveiled in time for the LinuxWorld conference in San Francisco.

According to them, a Treo running this new OS is anticipated at the beginning of 2008. As it is, the screenshots help give a pretty good idea as to what Palm's next generation operating system might look like.

Excerpt from the article:

While all of this is undoubtedly great news, I personally still feel that Palm will have to address (arguably urgently) not only the challenge of a new operating system implementation but also to make significant changes to its hardware, software, services and content strategies – all of which have been in serious decline over the past year and a half.

The bold emphasis above is mine. I totally agree with the fact that nothing new has come out of Palm for a while now. In Singapore where I live, Palm does not appear to be taking it lying down but has gone into a marketing blitz.

Yet nothing significant has been released -- the offer on devices remains the same for every sale, albeit with slightly lowered prices each time. The Palm that made the "palmtop" is in very real danger of dying.

It seemed yesterday that I opened the wrapping on an original Palm Pilot as a high school student. Other than it being cool and all, it proved its worth with this gal I wanted to know better.

I managed to secure my opening on the pretext of allowing her to play games on it. Well, guess what? She turned out to be my wife years later, and I've never had to install another game on my PDA since.

Anyway, enough of being maudlin -- feast your eyes on the montage of screenshots with accompanying comments at New ALP Screenshots.

For more information, you can visit the official ACCESS Linux Platform Web site.

Why not tell us about your own love affair with your "palmtop."

About

Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.

2 comments
paulmah
paulmah

Why not tell us about your own love affair with your "palmtop"

Neon Samurai
Neon Samurai

I'd love to throw more money at PalmOS but every generation of handtops seems to put Palm further behind. Take the Tungsten T5 + more memory to current flash size trends + wifi radio with WPA + cpu updated for current processing power + OS updated to latest gratest Linux PalmOS + provide sync software for more than just Windows The nonT5 tungstens don't have the on screen writting area and pivot. The TX comes closest to the T5 but it's trading a cpu downgrade for a wifi radio. The LifeDrive comes close but has the spinning drive instead of solid state flash. The Treo have half the screen space and a physical button keyboard. There is nothing in the Palm product offerings that compaires to the T5. I love it. Music, Movies, Images, PDF, Doc/Xls, Todo, contacts, bluetooth.. everything I could want except a wifi radio. These days, I'm looking at the Nokia N800 or Sony UX. I'd love to squeeze a *nix install on the Sony but I may actually be able to afford the Nokia and it already has a thriving developer community writing for the Linux based open OS.

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