PDA News – Axims in China, Pocket Informant 5, PocketPC Linux

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Dell to sell Axims in China

Dell is taking the Axims to China. The company intends to use its extensive market position there to sell three models of handheld–presumably the X3, X3i, and the X5–at equivalent prices ranging from $243 to $363.



Pocket Informant version 5.0 released

A major point upgrade for the popular PIM replacement. From the site:

  • All File Dialogs use tGetFile Bundled with Pocket Informant
  • Profile all major code to see bottlenecks and rewrote major initialization, database, registry, and other areas
  • Completely rewritten Preview windows for Tasks and Contacts
  • Auto-journaling added for many types of actions
  • Contact Pictures
  • Updated dialogs – faster to open and use
  • New Time picker much more powerful
  • Many new minor options in all areas 

PI 5.0 is $25 to new users. Existing users who purchased Pocket Informant 4.X online since October 15 2003 can upgrade free–those who purchased it before the 15th, or who bought a retail box edition, must pay $12.48.



Lycoris to create Linux-based replacement OS for ARM-based handhelds

Lycoris, a maker of desktop editions of the Linux operating system, is branchign out into the pocketable computing market with a port of their desktop operating system. The new OS is called Desktop/LX Pocket PC Edition, and is supposed to be able to take over from the existing operating system on Sharp Zaurus and HP iPAQ PocketPCs. Commenting on the possibility of Microsoft’s ire over the use of the phase “Pocket PC”, Cheek said “We couldn’t find anything at the Office of Patents and Trademarks, and we couldn’t find anything at Microsoft” to indicate that Microsoft had rights over the phrase. Cheek and company seem awfully confident given that they’re talking about the people who sued for ownership of the word ‘windows’, but more power to them if they can pull it off.

The basic OS is supposed to feature PIM, word processing, network browsing, file and printer sharing, handwriting recognition, a web browser, email client, and players for various popular audio and video formats. Though the product was supposed to officially launch on the 2nd, there’s no information about it on the Lycoris website.



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