Wednesday, July 06, 2005

LG is the new PalmSource Licensee, and PalmSource moves their focus to Linux

After much speculation, it was revealed today that LG is in fact the new licensee. This is good news for Palm users, as it provides more assurance that this OS is going nowhere in the near future. Also, LG has alot of nices phones currently on the market, and I believe their phone technology coupled with the PalmOS is a great combination.

The original MobileRead article can be found here.

PalmSource moves focus to Linux
PIC (Palm Info Center) is reporting that PalmSource's CEO has announced that all development is being focused towards Linux now. For consumers this means that Cobalt will be a very short lived OS, and POS on Linux will probably be a rewrite of the PalmOS that contains many tools from both OS5 and OS6.

Lastly, an apology for an error in an earlier post. In the Media Players article, I said MMPlayer had WMA and WMV support. I had heard it did, but I could not verify this due to a lack of documentation about supported codecs. The developers are adding these codecs currently, and hope to have a release soon that includes them.

What do you think? All feedback is appreciated.


Anonymous Kichigai Mentat said...

Don't bother with MMplayer. I had it on my Tungsten E for a little bit. It can't handle something simple like VCD-ready MPEG-1 streams. If you're looking for a video player, one to look into is Kinoma. I only have real experience with Kinoma 2, since it came with my Tungsten, and since Kinoma 3 is pay (especially for the MPEG-4 usage). The down shot to Kinoma is that you'll have to convert your videos, which means it might not work with your WMA/WMV files.

3:20 AM  
Blogger Tam Hanna said...

ever wondered why Quake runs so slow on a 200MhZ PocketPC?
The answer is: no FPU!
A game engine programmer over at flipcode once said the following(I think it was the Phantom, but don't know):
FPU emulation is about 5% of the speed of a dedicated FPU
So, without optimizing codecs....
Best regards
Tam Hanna

12:51 PM  
Anonymous clay said...

That is good news about the OS. Do you know anything about the product platform itself. Is the Zire31 or even the Zire line sticking around or are they going to replace that?

12:12 AM  
Blogger Tam Hanna said...

this actually has nothinmg to do with PalmOS on Linux! It is just that Motorola attempts to do st6h similar.
About the Zire: Now that the new poppy logo is out, I am pretty sure that they will keep a cheap, hip line of products!
Best regards
Tam Hanna

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