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Sunday, March 6th, 2005, 2:46 am

Tablets, Palms, Linux and Cobalt

Pen Tablet

The HP Tablet PC has just exceeded 1 million sales. Robert Scoble (Scobleizer) from Microsoft said the following:

At any other company that’d be considered an outstanding success. Getting a million people to do ANYTHING is pretty tough.

Walking around the TechFest this week I came to the realization that the Tablet PC is dead.

In the general sense, tablets may not be ideally mobile and handy tools, but they appear to be gnawing at sales of PDA‘s and laptops. The figures challenge critique about their size and reliability. Slashdot recently reported and boasted Linux installations on the Tablet PC, which makes one wonder about the direction tablets may take.

Palm have recently looked into the possibility of replacing Palm OS with Linux on their devices, as well as the provision for Cobalt, which makes Palm-powered handhelds run much, much faster. The next Palm, which is due to be unveiled this spring, should incorporate Cobalt, whose exclusion from the Tungsten T5 was a great disappointment to many.

Cited by: PalmAddict

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