Do penguins have palms? pointed me to a cool story at LinuxWorld about a new Compaq PDA that will run Linux. It has a 206 MHz processor, 12-bit color, 32 megs of RAM and 16 megs of flash RAM. To give you an idea of the capabilities of the thing, according to the article "[y]ou can telnet into the H3600, run Emacs or X-clients directly off the handheld, display it on your workstation, and compile with gcc or other tools." Sweet.

Compaq has more or less made this possible, supplying the boot-loader, kernel and OS for the device for download online. Consumers must still purchase the CE version of the device and change it to Linux themselves, but if the project is successful, Compaq may start selling the Linux version separately.

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