Palm Developing Its Own Linux-Based Operating System

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Palm, Inc. revealed today that it is developing its own operating system that will be based on Linux. This will be completely separate from the similar operating system being developed by Access Systems.

The new system was only just announced by Palm’s CEO Colligan this morning, and details on it are very sketchy at this point.

Colligan said that the new operating system will combine features of the Garnet OS (formerly Palm OS Garnet) and Linux. The company has a perpetual license of the source code for Garnet, and this allows the company to use Garnet code in whole or in part in any Palm product, including merging it into another operating system.

Palm’s goal in combining Garnet and Linux will allow devices to run current Palm OS applications, but also offer features not available on this company’s current Garnet-based devices, like much more robust multitasking, including the ability to make voice and data calls at the same time.

The official name for this operating system has not yet been announced, but as Palm, Inc. now owns all the rights to the "Palm" brand it could decide to call this the Palm OS.

Coming When?

The first devices running the new Linux-based version of the Palm OS won’t be available until late this year, and Palm said it will release models based on Garnet before then. However, these will be among the last products from this company to run the regular version of Garnet.

Colligan also said that Palm has no plans to license the mobile operating system it is developing to any other company.

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