Now, a few days have passed since the appearance of the first few MAX screenshots. At first, they really looked confusing. No category-style launcher like we know it from the Palm OS, no Palm-Ossy look, no nothing. WTF was this showing??

To be honest, I believe that this was a very phone-centric demo of PalmOS on Linux running an existing NetFront product. Any guesses on what it was? Yeah, it damn looks like Acess Netfront Mobile Client. In case you don’t beleive us, here are a few screenshots:

But what does that tell us? In fact, it tells us very little except that they now have Palm OS Garnet(maybe with some cobaltish elements) running on Linux, and this is good news. We are still about a year away from the publication of the SDK’s, so nobody knows now if they won’t create a “glue library” that will allow PalmOS developers to still use the API’s they know while benefitting from GTK.

Do you believe that the Palm OS as we know it(the API) has a future? Or do you believe that there will be a huge lot of learning and porting ahead of us? Commenting is free and anonymous!

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  5. PalmSource aquired by Access Co(Netfront dudes)

6 Responses to “What the MAX screenshots really show”

  1. The next ALP will be a mixture between PalmOS and Linux. And so I think it will be a little bit PalmOS at top and a little bit others behind the screen! ;)

  2. I made some comments about what I thought we were looking at in each of the screenshots that have leaked out over on MobileRead:

    From the comments I’ve heard from PalmSource people so far, it sounds like there will be some amount of effort to make the MAX APIs consistent with the familiar Palm OS APIs to encourage Palm developers to port their apps rather than just letting them run in emulated mode. MAX is definitely going to be the preferred environment, and I expect that apps written against MAX will deliver the best possible user experience.

    The Palm OS emulator is being called GHost (for Garnet Host), so don’t expect it to have any “cobaltish elements”. In fact, I think it’s safe to say that almost all of what users or 3rd party developers would consider to have been Palm OS Cobalt are gone now. Only a few components that lie underneath userland (like OpenBinder) are carried over from Cobalt.

  3. Hi you all,
    thanks for talking back. Little to add on my end actually, as I wasn’t there;(…
    Best regards
    Tam Hanna

  4. Hopefullt the future of PalmOS will be a Nokia S60 / Symbian ( Nokia licence SYmbian and add to it to make S60 for their smartphones ) scenario in which Palmsource provide the main bulk of the OS which is then tailored and adapted by Palm to suit there PDAs.

    To a certain extent this is what happens already since the version of Garnet found on the LifeDrive, T/X, Treo etc. is very Palm specific with features owned and developed by Palm and not PalmSource.

    This would also to a certain extent solve naming issues since Palm could produce a skinned / supplemented version of ALP which they would brand PalmOS.

    I think what we have seen of ALP so far is limited to what a feature phone flavout of the OS would look like, not the Smartphone / PDA edition we would see on Palm devices.

  5. Hi Kaptain,
    Palm OS instead of Series 60…that would be great, however, I beleive that this won’t happen for quite some time because of one reason:

    IMHO, people aren’t yet used to touchscteens on their mobile phones. Also, the WristPDA showed clearly the issues of a small touchscreen. Apps are usable, but nowt really 100% comfortable!

    Symbian, on the other hand, has a huge app library that was designed for mobile phone usage….

    So, ALP/Palm OS looses one of its major benefits when entering the “dumbphone” space IMHO… . If phone screens would get considerably bigger or more apps would adopt QVGA, this would be an entirely different story though…

    BEst regards
    Tam Hanna

  6. I believe that if styletap can make a Palm OS runtime library, so can the Open Source Community for Linux.
    One that can support Cobalt Apps, and some features like the GUI and slip windows.
    The Linux it can run should be for ARM and 68k (68k verison not running os 5-6 apps)

    If only I knew how to program…

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