[linux-elitists] Handheld computer - as free as can be
Thu May 8 00:12:31 PDT 2003
My Palm V is aging fast (the touchscreen is flaking out regularly),
after four years of heavy use. This, combined with my recent change of
employment status (i.e. I now have some) means I'm in the market for a
new handheld computer.
What should an Elitist like myself be looking at for a replacement?
- Free software on the machine itself, if possible. Probably this
limits me to the Linux-based machines.
- Free software for accessing it on a PC. The range of free software
tools available on GNU/Linux for PalmOS machines is impressive and
has spoiled me.
- Small form factor. The main reason I liked the Palm V at the time
it came out was the slimness compared to other then-contemporary
machines. Its leather case doubles as a wallet, and that's just as
I like it -- one less thing to carry in my pocket.
- Connectivity. I see may people sticking USB and CF and other
whatsits into their handhelds, and am getting envious.
- Other things to look out for; I've been stuck in a time warp since
1999 as far as these things are concerned.
I could rely on brochures and reviews for this, if it weren't for the
free software requirements. Hence I turn to you.
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