The death of Palm OS

The Palm OS has not been updated in several years, something that is usually a death knell for mobile devices as users are always clamoring for new features. The infamous Palm OS 6 (Cobalt) has never seen the light of a PDA screen, a fact that has rankled Palm enthusiasts. Access, the company that purchased PalmSource last year, announced at 3GSM this week the formation of the Access Linux Platform (ALP) that will replace the Palm OS. ALP will be built on open source components and Access says they will actively support the open source community to insure lots of capabilities will be developed for the new OS. This definitely means the end of the Palm OS which is not necessarily a bad thing. A largely open source OS should stimulate interest in developers to work on the ALP. The Palm Desktop software will come with the ALP for those who are using the program. So long Palm OS, I hardly knew ya.

(via PC Magazine)


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