PDA compatible version of Linux in the works

Linux has made many inroads over the last year, and now it’s about to make another: into the realm of the personal digital assistant.

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By  Robin Duff Published  May 28, 2001

Linux is finding another inroad into the computing world besides PCs and servers. In a market report on handheld computers due out by the end of the month from research firm IDC, analysts will be tracking Linux-based personal digital assistants (PDAs) for the first time.

“We're going to try to accurately estimate the penetration of Linux on the PDA world, but it’s going to be difficult because the market is just so fragmented and new,” IDC analyst Kevin Burden said.
Burden anticipates market share for the open-source Linux operating system will be very small compared with Palm’s OS and Microsoft's Pocket PC, which have been in the market longer and are more established. But, “two years down the road, we may be talking about Linux a lot more,” he said.

“For the next couple years, until a PDA-compatible version of Linux is available, we don't expect to see Linux mount an assault on the Palm OS, Pocket PC and EPOC markets,” said Merrill Lynch analyst Melanie Hollands in a report.

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