Home > Wireless > Psion Looks Past Windows to Linux as Nokia buys Symbian Psion Looks Past Windows to Linux as Nokia buys Symbian Eugenia Loli 2004-02-11 Wireless 5 Comments Ignore the comments about the value of Psion shares: concentrate on what Psion is going to do with all the money it got from selling its interest in Symbian. The answer is probably: “Linux portables” but we’ll find out later this year for sure. About The Author Eugenia Loli Ex-programmer, ex-editor in chief at OSNews.com, now a visual artist/filmmaker. Follow me on Twitter @EugeniaLoli 5 Comments 2004-02-11 10:39 pm I read the article and if I was a market player I would buy into this guys company. 2004-02-11 11:45 pm After reading the article I couldn’t help but wonder why Psion would choose Linux? Don’t get me wrong I’ve nothing against such an action, but Psion has not only the choice of other embedded OS’ (inc NetBSD of which a port [by enthusiasts, not Psion itself] is in the works to the NetBook) but also with their current WinCE strategy, to look at what other companies are doing with Linux and decide if they want to follow. Psion is an innovative company and whatever they choose I’m sure will be the right thing for them, but right now sticking with WinCE might be the best until they’re sure Linux is where they need to be. 2004-02-12 2:12 pm They had it on their revamped netbook — I guess it wasn’t that big. Linux will allow them a greater degree of freedom. 2004-02-12 5:25 pm I’ve never understood why Psion would use CE or Linux when they have a very nice OS that THEY DEVELOPED. It’s call EPOC and is the core of every Symbian device. They’re not even leveraging their own technologies. Look for Psion to fail again. Pulling out of Symbian was a mistake since it’s just a very good money maker. They could’ve still made their Psion PDA line but decided not to. Now, it looks like they’ve recanted on their strategy but are now starting over from square one with an OS with which their own staff is unfamiliar. 2004-02-14 7:07 pm Exactly. CE on a Psion, I knew they were MAD. I sold my Psion 7 when they made that stupid decision to pull out of a market that they did very well in, and had an excellent O/S, as you said EPOC. Now they have dropped Symbian, again – must be MAD. I would have to see them with Linux in action on a Psion, before I would consider touching one of their machines again and even then they would have to assure me that the quality control of their products had improved, because it used to be lousy to be kind to them. They don’t know much about marketing, so I am not expecting great things. They may be an innovative company but many times that ain’t enough.