Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 11th Mar 2013 14:51 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless After a few months of planning, several weeks of work, and possibly a few kilometres of aimless pacing through the living room, I'm happy to present "Palm: I'm ready to wallow now". This massive article (22,000 words) covers countless aspects of Palm, its devices, its operating system, and the company's importance to the mobile industry. I start with a detailed look at the history of handwriting recognition, after which I move on to the four hardware products I believe are crucial in understanding Palm as a company. Of course, I also dive into Palm OS, covering the kernel, its filesystem (or lack thereof), 'multitasking' capabilities, user experience, and much more. Important Palm OS licensees like Sony and Handspring make an appearance, and I cover the failed attempt at modernising the Palm OS: Palm OS 6 Cobalt. Finally, the conclusion ties it all together. For the first time in OSNews' history, you can also buy this article to support OSNews and make more articles like this possible in the future (don't worry - the regular online version is free, as always!). I suggest you grab a coffee, sit back, and enjoy.
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Sodki
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2005-11-10

Wow. I can't believe you claimed WebOS killed Palm.


Thom didn't claim that. Read again: "... it is my view that Palm was already long dead before webOS ever even arrived on the scene."


WebOS was the only BRIGHT SPOT of Palm. [...] WebOS is literally the best mobile OS experience I've ever had ...


For me webOS was a real gem, so I was a bit disappointed to read that it failed to impress Thom. But on the other hand we had a different mobile history and Thom's view was invaluable on the history of mobile computing.


HP didn't know what it had. They bought it and then when they couldn't understand what exactly to do with it they killed it.


You are right on the spot. webOS had great potential, but had some delusional masters. In my point of view it was a victim of great mismanagement, which unfortunately doomed it forever. I hope I'm wrong, but I don't see a bright future for the open source version of webOS.

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