Running Linux on an iPAQ

Run Linux instead of PocketPC? That is the message according to IBM. Besides the obvious freedom it gives you, IBM’s report goes on to state that it also allows users to “port various apps” over to the Linux OS on a whim if one so desires.

iPAQ is the brand name of a range of PDAs produced by Hewlett Packard (older models are branded Compaq). The original model, 3600, was released in 1999 and featured a 206-Mhz StrongArm processor with 32 MB ROM and 32 MB RAM, running the PocketPC 2000 operating system. Since then, many models have been introduced with a variety of different options. The current top-of-the-range models sport built-in Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and SDIO capabilities and run the PocketPC 2003 OS. All of these devices are plenty powerful enough to run Linux nicely. This article discusses why you might choose to do this and explores some the possible options.

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