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Palm's next-gen OS delayed


Palm's announced that its successor to the graying 'Garnet' version of PalmOS, a PalmOS II running on a Linux kernel, is delayed until some time in 2008.

Palm decided to go its own way, diverging from the owner of the PalmOS, Access, which is also working on a Linux core successor to PalmOS. And thus, we come full circle, for when Palm and PalmSource (since bought by the Japanese company Access) divorced, the justification for splitting was the market wanted it. Well, that surely has not proven to be the case, as demonstrated by Palm's purchase of rights to Garnet, followed by Palm's decision to code its own next-gen PalmOS II instead of using the Access pending Linux-based PalmOS.

I'm going to go against conventional wisdom here and say that's good. IT workers are often running as fast as they can just stay in the same place, as evidenced by the Gartner study showing half of all large organizations will outsource mobile device management by next year. Staying with the same OS a little longer allows further development of what's already a tremendously popular handheld OS, but it's also one less change we must learn.

Am I right that this is a blessing? Join the discussion.

2 comments
don
don

RIM, Nokia and Apple are proving that keeping your hardware and OS in the same house works better for high end mobile devices. It would behoove Plam to keep everything in house. Why they spread everything to separate companies is beyond me. (Palm originals, OS rented out to 3rd parties like IBM and Sony, HandSpring which they bought back, selling the OS to Access. Sure, redesign under Linux to save some OS development overhead, but keep the UI and HW design in house.

K7AAY
K7AAY

Is having one less new OS to learn a blessing for those who must manage the devices?

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