Palm OS: Not Free Anymore

 
 
By Jason Brooks  |  Posted 2000-12-11 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Now that palm is repackaging itself as a software and operating system company, it is following the leaders by charging for its OS upgrades.

Now that Palm is repackaging itself as a software and operating system company, it is following the leaders by charging for its OS upgrades.

A few weeks ago, Palm made Palm OS 3.5 available to users as an upgrade for $15—the first time a new Palm OS wasnt a freebie. Most Palm-based handheld computers are built around software-upgradable flash ROM, and Palm had always offered users no-cost upgrades to the operating system and core applications. Version 3.5 has been shipping in new devices for nearly a year.

Users of the Palm-based TRGpro can dodge the $15 bullet because TRG Products offers free upgrades to Version 3.5—and has for several months.

 
 
 
 
As Editor in Chief of eWEEK Labs, Jason Brooks manages the Labs team and is responsible for eWEEK's print edition. Brooks joined eWEEK in 1999, and has covered wireless networking, office productivity suites, mobile devices, Windows, virtualization, and desktops and notebooks. Jason's coverage is currently focused on Linux and Unix operating systems, open-source software and licensing, cloud computing and Software as a Service. Follow Jason on Twitter at jasonbrooks, or reach him by email at jbrooks@eweek.com.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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