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Analysis: What Palm Sees in Linux
Palm revealed plans at its annual analyst and investor day in New York this week to produce a Linux-based operating platform for mobile devices later this year, in addition to the Windows Mobile OS-based platform it already offers.
Palm said that creating a mobile platform running on a Linux kernel opens the door for Web application developers to create applications for smartphones and other mobile devices without having to pour excessive resources into development. Also on tap in a new Linux core: improved performance, reliability and stability, as compared to the current Palm OS, the vendor said. The new Linux-based OS will support simultaneous voice/data and multithreading, things missing in the currently available Palm OS.
Palm noted that it's using assets from its recent purchase of e-mail client software company ChatterEmail and the acquisition of technical and personnel resources from interface design firm Iventor to speed development plans.
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