Access Mobile Linux

I've been a loyal Palm user for years so I find myself following their development of Access Linux pretty closely.

If you have a Treo 680P or any other P model, you probably can relate to my pain -- any third party app you install seems to throw it in to a tizzy of random reboots. Don't even get me started with what happened once I installed ChatterMail. And yet I can't give up this weird little Palm addiction I have.

Access Linux is intended to significantly enhance the features and functionality of future Treo smartphones with faster UI responsiveness, simultaneous voice and data usage, multi-tasking, better battery life and WiFi capabilities (oh, don't tease me, Palm!). They even promise backward compatibility to existing PalmOS apps.

Here's a video I found demo-ing Access Linux. It's very iPhone-esque:

Now we just have to wait another 9 months or so for it's release. That's like 7 years in smartphone years.


Carlie Fairchild is the publisher of Linux Journal.


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I've been close to getting a

Timothy Reese's picture

I've been close to getting a Palm a few times, but for one reason or another haven't as of yet. I was watching the demo and kept thinking how similar to my LG Viewty phone it is. The ways in which the features work look quite close, though it looks like there are several other options in addition. I'll have to take a closer look at this when it is released, and think about getting one if it impresses.

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