“The big story so far from Palm’s Investor Day today is that Palm has been working on a new version of the PalmOS that is based on a Linux kernel,” Dieter Bohn and Jennifer Chappell report for TreoCentral. “Details are still very scant, but so far we know the following:
• PalmOS 5 devices (currently the latest version) will still be released later this year
• Devices based on the Linux kernel should be released by the end of the year.
• The OS is separate from the Access Linux Platform, it is Palm’s own homegrown OS.
• Palm will not license the OS to other manufacturers
• It is highly likely that the new OS will use Opera as its default browser, given the recent agreement between Palm and Opera.
Bohn and Jennifer Chappell report, “Palm seems to intend that the Linux-based PalmOS will maintain some backward compatibility (i.e. ‘Commitment to the Palm OS Commmunity’). It seems clear that Palm has no desire to license Access’s mobile OS, but prefers to develop their own to leverage the long experience in creating software with great usability. This PalmOS will be separate from Access’ OS. Furthermore, Colligan made it clear that Palm has no intention of licensing the new OS to other hardware manufacturers.”
Full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Another Irish Dude” for the heads up.]
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