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SubjectRe: Linux to replace Windows CE?
On Wed, Jul 15, 1998 at 11:55:59AM +0200, Oskar Liljeblad wrote:
> Is anyone working of a port of Linux to palmtops/handheld PCs? I'm thinking
> of those 4-32MB RAM, Windows CE computers.
> Many of them use MIPS processors (Philips Velo, Philips Nino, Casio
> Cassiopeia E*), some others (all HP, Casio Cassiopeia A*) use SH-3
> processors. Since linux already supports MIPS processors, shouldn't porting
> to these computers just be a matter of writing LCD display, touch screen,
> keyboard and (optionally) CompactFlash, IrDA, and PC Card drivers, and a
> bootloader (or whatever else would be necessary)?

I think the problem here is not getting information on the SH3
or whatever CPU is running the little beast, but getting info
about the devices in the machine itself. You can bet that the
machine is loaded with obsure little SMD devices of which only the
manifactuer and its supplier have heard :)

So, in essence your are right, but unfortuantly in RL it is much
work than it seems. The framework and drivers may all be ready
in Linux, but the actual interfaceing on the hardware may prove
a long and enjoyable time for some poor student with lots of spare
time...

Met vriendelijke groet,
Pauline Middelink
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