First Palm compatible Linux O/S Release



A new Linux replacement for the Palm O/S

Empower Technologies Inc. has announced the release of the first major operating system (O/S) upgrade for Palm IIIx and Palm IIIxe handhelds. Empower Technologies' claims their Linux DA O/S is faster, more powerful, and more robust than the original Palm O/S. Empower is the first company to offer a replacement to the Palm O/S, providing Palm handheld users and other PDA manufacturers with an alternative to the Palm operating system.

The Linux DA O/S replaces the Palm O/S on the handheld device but is fully compatible with Palm's hardware. Using the open source Linux kernel, Empower Technologies has designed Linux DA O/S to be a Linux compatible O/S scaled down for the Motorola Dragonball CPU platform used by all current Palm handhelds.

A demo version of Linux O/S for Palm IIIx and IIIxe, is now available for free download from Empower Technologies at The demo version includes Address, Schedule, Calculator, and game software applications.

The company will be launching an e-commerce site to allow consumers to purchase the full version of the Linux DA O/S in the near future. The commercial release will add Memo, Expenses and To-Do List apps, along with a synchronization utility, for the retail price of $39.99.

Empower also planing a release of a Palm Vx compatible version of their Linux DA O/S.


About Empower Technologies Inc.

Headquartered in Redmond, Washington, Empower Technologies Inc. is an company that brings the power and flexibility of the Linux Operating System to the Consumer Electronics Industry and emerging Intelligent Appliance Market. Incorporated in February 2000, Empower Technologies has established several offices throughout the world, the most important being its Canadian R&D Center, located in Richmond, British Columbia.



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