Geekspeak: August 6, 2001

Empower establishes a Linux outpost on Palm handhelds

Driven on by an open-source development community that refuses to rest until it has coaxed the Linux operating system onto everything from the largest supercomputers to the little remote-car-door-opener devices we carry on our key chains, Linux has landed in a new location.

The latest chapter in the Linux manifest destiny saga stars Empower Technologies, which, with the demo release of Linux DA, brings Linux to Palm III- and V-series handhelds.

I was able to replace Palm OS on a Palm IIIxe device with Linux DA without much trouble. Once Id loaded it, I was impressed by how well Linux DA matched other Palm devices in speed and interface design.

The full version of Linux DA will be available for purchase soon—the company is looking to charge between $40 and $60 for Linux DA, as well as desktop software for data synchronization. Get more info at