Will the ALP be the next mobile Linux OS?

Will the ALP be the next mobile Linux OS?

Summary: With all of the news surrounding the Google Android Linux device (see my full review) it seems that ACCESS didn't want people to forget they are still working on a mobile Linux operating system called the ACCESS Linux Platform (ALP). We learned about some screenshots that were shown in August 2007 and it seems that ACCESS continues to work on the operating system. PalmInfocenter has the latest news that the ALP is up to version 3.0 and the version designed for mobile phones will be known as ALP mini. However, it still sounds like we won't see devices with this Linux OS until late 2009.

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Will the ALP be the next mobile Linux OS?With all of the news surrounding the Google Android Linux device (see my full review) it seems that ACCESS didn't want people to forget they are still working on a mobile Linux operating system called the ACCESS Linux Platform (ALP). We learned about some screenshots that were shown in August 2007 and it seems that ACCESS continues to work on the operating system. PalmInfocenter has the latest news that the ALP is up to version 3.0 and the version designed for mobile phones will be known as ALP mini. However, it still sounds like we won't see devices with this Linux OS until late 2009.

Back when PalmSource announced the next version of the Palm OS would be ALP they also said it would have backwards compatibility for the Garnet (Palm OS 5.x) OS, but it sounds like ACCESS is dropping that from the OS now.

It is amazing to me that the "early look" SDK of the Google Android OS was given to developers just late last year on 12 November 2007 and here we are a bit under a year later with a fully operational and quite stable Google Android device being released from a major U.S. carrier. History seems to indicate that Google probably started working on Android sometime in late 2005/early 2006. However, compare this with the ALP that was formerly announced in February 2006 with no actual devices on the horizon for at least another year. I guess it helps to have a company with major resource like Google behind you, huh?

I continue to remain skeptical of the ALP and Palm's own Linux OS and if I was a betting man I would definitely be putting my money on Android right now, especially given how this early first generation device has been performing under my real world conditions.

Topics: Android, Google, Linux, Mobility, Open Source, Operating Systems, Software

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  • No Expectations for ALP

    ALP was around even before their 2006 announcement. As a software developer, any operating system that is around that long and up to version 3.0 without ever making it onto a device (I don't count the Nokia netbook that used it,) doesn't strike me as a good place to invest my time. I'm actually rather surprised they've managed to keep going at all.

    Honestly - their continued existence remains a mystery to me. And this isn't the first time they've promised a release date more than a year out.
    Endroren