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Mobile Linux running Palm OS apps demoed

Mar 5, 2007 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 1 views

Access Systems Americas (formerly PalmSource) is showing off its device-oriented mobile Linux OS and Eclipse-based toolsuite at the EclipseCon conference this week in Santa Clara, Calif. The company's Access Linux Platform (ALP) is available now, while its ALP Development Suite based on Eclipse and CDT is sampling.

Access Systems Americas (formerly PalmSource) launched ALP last month at the 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona — evidence of the company's focus on the mobile phone operating system market.

Access hopes ALP and its Eclipse-based Developer Suite will provide a long-awaited forward migration path for the many thousands of “Garnet OS” (recently renamed from “Palm OS”) applications developed throughout the decades since “Palm-Pilot” first became a household word, in the 1980s. To that end, it says the suite includes versions of the Eclipse IDE (integrated developer environment) and CDT (C/C++ development tool) modified to work closely with its ALP Simulator, and with the Glade open source GUI utility. Also available, in early access form, is a Garnet OS VM Compatibility Kit aimed at enabling “properly written” Garnet apps to run on ALP without modification.

Larry Berkin, senior directory of developer ecosystems at Access Systems Americas stated, “Because it includes three runtime environments, [ALP] represents an attractive opportunity for third party developers. Developers can create applications that are [ALP] native, Garnet OS native, or Java native. No other platform can do this.”

Access is a silver sponsor of Eclipse.con, it says.

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