Apple Newton lives on- emulator coming?

Newton2000Few mobile devices have generated such a fanatical user base as the Apple Newton, arguably one of the most advanced PDAs of its time. The Newton MessagePad 2100 I used years ago was one of the most productive PDAs I’ve ever owned and that covers a LOT of ground. The Newton only had two real problems- it was as big as a brick and Apple cancelled production. I still think had Apple continued development of the Newton they would have the most advanced PDA today.Newtons were not only cool and productive but they were sturdy. There are an estimated 20,000 people still using them today, and there are global conferences for Newton owners even now. The Worldwide Newton Conference 2004 was recently held and a presentation at that conference has Newton owners chomping at the bit. A developer and Newton enthusiast, Paul Guyot, revealed a project to emulate the Newton OS and applications on Unix system. Dubbed the Einstein Project, the goal is to replicate the Newton on current Linux based PDAs such as the Sharp Zaurus. I have to admit this would be very cool. You can still find working Newtons on eBay which is a testament to the philosophy behind the interface of the Newton and a version running on today’s hardware would be amazing. Let’s face it, the fact the Newton was cancelled in 1998 and they are still having a world-wide conference for users should tell us something.(Slashdot via World Wide Newton Conference)

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