Ed definitely has a good argument. The Palm OS is an advanced OS platform that supports touchscreens-something RIM hasnt acomplished so far. The OS can do multimedia and everything-RIM cannot! But why do you need to buy Palm for this-get PalmSource give you a licence and have Handera build you a handheld.
However, I can darkly recall that RIM made a statement a few years ago that it plans to transition away from hardware and to software. RIM can licence its BlackBerry client to just about anyone who wants to port it to his own handhelds. If RIM could live off the revenue made with software licencing, they could eventually kill their hardware segement and save loads of cash and risk.
So, if the way is away from hardware and to licencing software, why purchase Palm? If you want to kill your hardware on the long run, why invest loads of bucks into a hardware manufacturer???
I beleive that this will not happen. What do you think?