PalmSource to run Palm OS Cobalt on Linux

PalmSource is acquiring ChinaMobilesoft, a leading chinese company that uses linux for mobile devices. This is an effort to put together a proprietary PalmOS software layer that sits on top of a linux kernel. This is an effort to bolster the runnings against Microsoft PocketPC devices that has been demolishing PalmSource’s market share.
Here is the open letter to the Palm community (PDF).
Here is the open letter to the linux community (PDF).


Personal note: Haven’t we heard this before? While the technologies are slightly different, MacOSX is based on a BSD kernel, with the GUI interface as a layer on top of the stable kernel. This has significantly raised the stability and performance of Apple’s operating system and has definitely played a part in gaining market share from nerds that like stability.