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PalmOS goes Linux - again

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PalmSource today unveiled its future OS as the Access Linux Platform (ALP), and this time it really means it.

It's been a tumultuous year. At the last 3GSM, PalmSource was talking about moving PalmOS 6.0, aka Cobalt, to a Linux kernel. But a change in strategy - which led to the abrupt departure of CEO Dave Nagel last May - saw a shift in focus to a pure-play Linux OS, details of which were finally disclosed today. In the meantime, Japanese browser company Access acquired PalmSource, fending off a bid from Motorola which thought it had sealed the deal.

PalmSource's Didier Diaz told The Register that ALP will be ready for licensees by the end of the year, with the company hopeful that devices will be available "in the 2007 time frame".

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