Whatever you call it, the Palm Foleo is one light and small device, running Linux and with all the apps instantly available, it’s likely replace a lot of laptops for harried road-warriors.

Sascha Segan of Gearlog got to go hands on with the device and found:

“As I noted in our original piece on the Foleo, it comes with stripped down Microsoft Office applications courtesy of Dataviz DocumentsToGo, a file manager, a photo viewer, a PDF reader, an e-mail program, the Opera web browser, and, excitingly for Linux geeks everywhere, a terminal program that falls down into the Bash shell. More apps are coming from third-party developers, and excitingly, Palm reps said the processor is indeed fast enough to play video.”

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Henry Kingman of Linuxdevices.com also got a chance to fondle look at a Foleo and reports that it features:

  • Battery life “according to Q/A, not marketing,” under constant use with WiFi on and the screen set to the default (65 percent) brightness is an honest five hours.
  • It has a real bash shell, because bash’s built-ins reduce process loading (forking) at boot time, for faster start-up.
  • The magnetically latched case is grippy rubber with undulations — very easy to carry.
  • The keyboard conforms to the smaller ISO standard, with 18mm pitch.
  • All apps run all the time, and only run maximized to full-screen. Switching between them (via a hardware key) is instantaneous.
  • …Plus a lot more, read his article above.

You can read Sascha’s original article about the product and of course visit the Palm site for more formal information about the Foleo.

Enjoy,

RossB

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