Maybe Palm’s head-honcho wasn’t bluffing when he was talking about focusing on improving Palm instead of selling it to the highest bidder. Word from the Boy Genius Report via a helpful-hinter has Palm developing a version of the Palm OS that is based on a Linux Modular monolithic kernel. Details are sparse (what’s new there?), but some information has come to light:
- PalmOS 5 devices (currently the latest version) will still be released later this year
- Devices based on the Linux kernel should be released by the end of the year.
- The OS is separate from the Access Linux Platform, it is Palm’s own homegrown OS.
- Palm will not license the OS to other manufacturers
- It is highly likely that the new OS will use Opera as its default browser, given the recent agreement between Palm and Opera.
The Opera thing makes sense, and that’s not a bad move for the Treo-makers since Opera’s proven itself to be a pretty solid and reliable browser. I’m just wondering, though, if there’s going to be any apprehension when it comes to adoption.