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An Inferno comes to the iPAQ

Jun 27, 2001 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

York, U.K. — (press release excerpt) — Vita Nuova will be demonstrating a Compaq iPAQ running the Inferno operating system at the USENIX Annual Technical Conference 2001 in Boston on June 28th-29th. The demonstration will show a full Inferno port including wireless networking, the Inferno virtual machine, Tk graphics, web browser with HTML3.2 and JavaScript 1.1, and a full development environment all running in under 3mb of flash (uncompressed). In addition a number of distributed applications will be on show emphasizing Inferno's ability to aid the construction of distributed applications.

Unlike so many operating systems Inferno was designed with distribution in mind. Uniquely, it can operate as a native OS on devices such as the iPAQ but can also run as an application on existing operating systems such as Windows, Linux, and Solaris.

The iPAQ port is part of a new release of Inferno being made available July 2001, which includes many changes to Inferno, both large and small.

Inferno boxed sets (including source code CD) can be purchased from as little as $150. The Inferno licence is not open source but does allow royalty free binary distribution and access to all the source code to the system — which you can modify. The iPAQ port will be made available free of charge to anyone who has purchased Inferno.

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