There's already an open source emulator for Linux. I suspect it will be ported in T minus 2 seconds after release. I wouldn't be surprised if the port is finished before the launch.
Originally Posted by MarkY
As for the OP's question... I also have been on Palm since my first USR Pilot 1000. This IS going to be a huge shift for me. It will basically be like NOT having a palm device in my pocket for the first time in a decade. It's beyond sentiment, it's going to be dealing with that feeling "something isn't right" for a while. Just too conditioned to reaching in and seeing that familiar interface and all my familiar apps.
If the work flow is good on the device, I'll get over it soon enough. If it at the very least, continues to make my life easier and more manageable the way my palm devices have until now, then it will be fine. That's a big order though, because the Palm OS, for everyone's complaints about it being old and not new and exciting, continues to be less kludgy and more intuitive than other current offerings that some view as more "modern".
PalmOS is like my first Civic. It didn't have a lot of marketing buzzwords to brag about, but it did it's job well and with quality. Then I switched to an SUV that had all the bells and whistles, that so many drooled over, and it ended up being a horrible vehicle(like winmo). It was such a pain in the ***, that to this day, I wish I had just kept my simple but ultra reliable civic. It was very similar to my experiences with WinMo devices.
At the end of the day, a *real* personal digital assistant is a lot more than merely a swiss army knife device. It's useful, reliable, and the bells and whistles don't ever get in the way of the core functionality of assisting us in our lives. That continues to be my PalmOS experience and I hope that experience continues on WebOS, because the world does not need another WinMo or iPhone, it needs an improved Palm experience.