Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 3rd Jun 2014 18:24 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

My love and appreciation for Palm OS is somewhat obvious around these parts, culminating in the detailed Palm OS retrospective I wrote a little over a year ago. I consider Palm OS to be the shoulders on which all subsequent mobile operating systems are built, and I believe it would do the current technology press and users a world of good if they acquainted themselves with this prescient masterpiece.

That being said, with Palm OS being old and dead, the only way to experience it is to get your hands on a real device on eBay or its local equivalent in your country of residence. If you go down this route - which I strongly advise everyone to at least look into - try and go for the ultimate Palm device, the Palm T|X. It's the most advanced PDA Palm ever built, and you can pry mine from my cold, dead hands.

Sadly, not everyone has the disposable income, time, will, desire, or any combination thereof, to go out and buy real hardware just to play with a dead operating system and all the hardships that come with it. Since I still want to spread the word of Palm OS, I've been looking into an alternative - namely, the Palm OS Simulator.

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The Simulator is the ARM/OS5 version of POSE, the Palm OS Emulator, which was the M68k/OS4 tool.

POSE ran on Windows, Macs, and Linux, with full source code available under the GPL. And now there's a port to Android called PHEM (Palm Hardware Emulator M68k). They'll run Palm OS 1.0 all the way to 4.1 (the last M68k version of Palm OS). PHEM integrates well with Android; shared clipboard, multiple sessions, software and hardware keyboard support, networking, even serial port and GPS access.

POSE and PHEM do need Palm ROM images, but that site also has those images. Or, you can download ROM images off a physical Palm and use them with POSE or PHEM.

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