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    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/02...rce_linux_alp/

    Should put devices in our hands in 2007 time frame.

    "PalmSource today unveiled its future OS as the Access Linux Platform (ALP), and this time it really means it.

    It's been a tumultuous year. At the last 3GSM, PalmSource was talking about moving PalmOS 6.0, aka Cobalt, to a Linux kernel. But a change in strategy - which led to the abrupt departure of CEO Dave Nagel last May - saw a shift in focus to a pure-play Linux OS, details of which were finally disclosed today. In the meantime, Japanese browser company Access acquired PalmSource, fending off a bid from Motorola which thought it had sealed the deal.

    PalmSource's Didier Diaz told The Register that ALP will be ready for licensees by the end of the year, with the company hopeful that devices will be available "in the 2007 time frame".

    ALP will run PalmOS 5.x Garnet applications in an emulation sandbox, and feature a new one-handed UI and new APIs. It's a rocky transition for long-suffering Palm developers, who may have to learn new skills - and possibly grow beards, too. But it's the first positive move from PalmSource for many months.

    Alas, ALP won't support single-chip phones - devices where the application processor runs the signalling stack - but Diaz said PalmSource recognised the industry was moving in this direction. "It's something we can do," he claimed.

    And PalmSource might have to hurry: Motorola's former chip business, Freescale, today launched a single-core 3G platform that it claims cuts power consumption and materials costs in half.

    ALP is based on Linux 2.6.12 and uses an optimised version of the Gtk toolkit. It includes Palm's HotSync, a JVM and PIM apps. A security architecture based on code-signing will also feature.

    So why does PalmSource think its Linux will succeed when others, most notably Motorola's, have failed?

    "You'd better ask Motorola," said Diaz, "but Motorola's Linux wasn't really open, while we have exposed the APIs."

    With Palm recently adopting Windows Mobile alongside PalmOS, it's going to be a tall order"
    Last edited by JackNaylorPE; 02/14/2006 at 03:51 PM.
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    Here's anorher article which makes an interestin statement

    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,1926513,00.asp

    "Chu pointed to ALP endorsements from Freescale, Intel and NEC, but a notable absentee was PalmSource's number-one licensee, Palm."

    "PalmSource's timeline gives Microsoft more time to dominate the industry, however. PalmSource will release the ALP software development kit by the end of 2006, Chu said, with devices coming in 2007. That's five years since Palm OS 5 hit the market in 2002 with the Tungsten T handheld, and it will have been a full year since PalmSource's major licensee Palm turned to the Microsoft "dark side" with the release of the Treo 700w handheld."
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    I'd be a happy camper if they'd just release the darned 1.20ENA update for Mac users!
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    This thread should be in the FUTURE forum.
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    I thought of that too but couldn't reconcile an OS as a Hardware subject. Besides once shadowmite gets a copy, we know you'll be putting it on your 700p cause you will already have had it for 6 months and want something new to play with

    Not that I would be offended if it was moved.

    BTW, with regard to one of your other posts in a closed thread, you asked about old programs running on the new OS. The article above addresses this issue:

    "ALP will run PalmOS 5.x Garnet applications in an emulation sandbox, and feature a new one-handed UI and new APIs. It's a rocky transition for long-suffering Palm developers, who may have to learn new skills - and possibly grow beards, too."

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