D5: Palm's Linux appliance for cell phones

D5: Palm's Linux appliance for cell phones

Summary: Jeff Hawkins unveiled the Palm Foleo, a $499 Linux appliance with a full-sized keyboard, screen, no drives, 5-hour battery life, and a set of modest applications, minus a calendar, for reading email and attachments (using DataViz software) from cell phones, currently Palm OS and Windows Mobile OS. Rafe Needleman was sitting next to me during the demo and has more details at Webware.

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Jeff Hawkins unveiled the Palm Foleo, a $499 Linux appliance with a full-sized keyboard, screen, no drives, 5-hour battery life, and a set of modest applications, minus a calendar, for reading email and attachments (using DataViz software) from cell phones, currently Palm OS and Windows Mobile OS. Rafe Needleman was sitting next to me during the demo and has more details at Webware. Hawkins said he plans to work with RIM (Blackberry) and other providers as well as software developers to build out the platform. It has a browser, based on Opera, but doesn't deal with video. Hawkins said this first interation is too underpowered for video. The Foleo is slated to ship this summer. It looks overpriced for an email reader and lacking in key features, like video play and a calendar. Hawkins was clear not position the Foleo as a laptop, but as a mobile companion for billions of cell phone users for whom the phone is their personal computer.

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Topics: Linux, Mobility, Open Source

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  • Hey!

    WOW!!!

    This blows Microsoft's surface computer clear out of the water!!!

    http://on10.net/blogs/larry/first-look-microsoft-surfacing-computing/

    The device from Palm is just SO much more exciting..

    *rolls eyes*
    Qbt
  • Well this device was looking intresting until..

    it mentions using DataViz software, I have had no good experiences with them.
    mrlinux
  • Why Linux?

    Sometimes I just don't get where Palm is going. Why Not use an upgraded version of their own OS if they're going to use the same software they use on the Palms now? Use Palm OS, then you could install all the software that currently runs on Palm. Add a pile of memory, sound capability, and with SD cards, it would be great! And especially, why no calendar? Allow mobile e-mailing, add some entertainment, document access, and I'm in. If it only does half of that, the Treo already does more.
    chris.cogan