Thursday, April 12, 2007
Juicy story that we read today in PalmInfocenter . Ed Colligan, Palm CEO, during the Palm Inc's Analyst Day unveiled the company's plans regarding PalmOS and Linux: Palm is preparing a new operating system based on Linux . Do not confuse it with the ALP PalmSource which we have already spoken several times .
5 Garnet combination of PalmOS with a Linux kernel
- The most important development of the Palm itself, is that it combines the PalmOS Garnet (PalmOS 5) today, with a Linux kernel. On the one hand supposed to be our beloved PalmOS simpre not forgotten, but presumably improve by multitasking, robust and support new technologies Linux kernel. On the other hand, it seems that PalmOS Cobalt (PalmOS 6) is completely forgotten, though perhaps only Cobalt is an advanced Garnet, and whatever it is used. Anyway, the new operating system pretty sure the current is enough, and the changes occurring underneath, something I think we all appreciate PalmOS users.
Many improvements are expected to present PalmOS 5
- Ed Colligan highlighted as key points in the new operating system the ability to have a fast computer on, conveniently portable, with a long battery life. These are precisely the most important qualities of PalmOS, and I find it a great success that have not left forgotten.
- Additionally other missing from your current operating system, such as simultaneous voice and data processing, features and greater flexibility to support diverse hardware are enhanced (hopefully the wifi from within this flexibility).
PalmOS has many advantages over Windows Mobile and other competitors
- Another aspect that is intended to enhance the Web navigation and online services. They have examples backup systems and automatic software update. Regarding web browsing, just remember the recent agreement with Opera , creators of the popular mobile browser Opera Mini , to realize who think go far.
- Finally, there is the new operating system sleeve is removed, but they have been developing in Palm since quite some time .
Another fact that transpired in the subsequent press conference, is that new products that use both PalmOS 5 as this new operating system be on the market later this year, and a new type devices still unknown . In addition, these new products will not necessarily go on sale through operators (carriers), but also will be sold directly. Bets are open then whether or not the equipment will include phone functionality. Perhaps you are thinking of something like the Nokia 800 .
There are still many things in the air. There have been no hardware or technical data SDK, nothing is known of compatibility with the current or future PalmOS development environment. But one thing is clear: there will be important developments and not much time.