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PalmSource offers early access to Linux phone stack

Jul 24, 2006 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

Developers interested in porting applications to PalmSource's Linux implementation for mobile phones are invited to a special “PalmSource Developer Day” at this year's LinuxWorld Expo in San Francisco. Attendees will receive early access to the Access Linux Platform (ALP), and get hands-on experience building applications for the platform, PalmSource says.

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Developer Day presenters include Tom Chavez, a senior PalmSource product manager, along with Keithen Hayenga, licensee services engineer. PalmSource describes specific courses as follows:

  • Introduction to Access Linux Platform (ALP) — A hands-on session introducing ALP and detailing its open source architecture. PalmSource will demonstrate ALP and transform a typical “Hello World” application into an ALP application. Attendees will run sample applications, and build a new application as a group.
  • Deep Dive into Access Linux Platform (ALP) — Attendees will use “glade” to add GUI (graphical user interface) controls to the application developed in the ALP intro course. Instructors will introduce special mobile device event handlers and show the process of debugging an ALP application via Eclipse on the Simulator.
  • Compatibility Station — PalmSource will invite Palm OS developers to try existing applications on ALP, with PalmSource engineers available onsite to discuss compatibility strategies.
  • Extending an ALP Application — PalmSource will add an SQLite database and other features to the application developed in the Deep Dive Session, and offer “go-forward advice and guidance” on porting projects to ALP

The Developer Day event takes place Wednesday, Aug. 16th. It is free to Conference enrollees, or $95 otherwise. Registration and additional details are here.


PalmSource announced its Linux-based mobile stack, codenamed “ALP,” on Valentine's Day. It said at the time that it hoped to begin licensing the ALP SDK (software development kit) to mobile phone hardware and software developers by the end of 2006, with ALP-based devices reaching consumers in 2007.

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