[CoMoDev] Re: PalmSource DevCon

  • From: David Beers <cervezas@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: Rick Sands <comodev@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 1 Jun 2005 11:35:12 -0600

It was funny, at DevCon the topic of Palm Infocenter came up once and everyone 
rolled their eyes.  It's hard to believe those people in the discussions are 
actually adults.  Harder still to believe that they think their childish rants 
and potty humor are making some kind of important point to the decision-makers 
at PalmSource and palmOne.  But they seem to think they are some kind of elite 
focus group that have it all worked out while everyone connected with 
PalmSource or palmOne is a drooling idiot.

Is there an island of trolls like this in the Windows Mobile world?  I haven't 
run across it yet.


 On Tue, 31 May 2005 20:50:59 -0600, Rick Sands wrote:
> David - You did a good article over at PIC! As usual, there is an amusing
> post-discussion too.
> And I agree with your views on Gekko and the other annoying users {Gekko,
> Voice Of Reason (iPoo), MikeCane, and possibly AdamaBrown}.
> -Rick
> -----Original Message-----
> From: comodev-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:comodev-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
> Behalf Of David Beers
> Sent: Tuesday, May 31, 2005 9:09 AM
> To: comodev@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [CoMoDev] PalmSource DevCon
> I'm back from my week in San Jose at the PalmSource DevCon.  Whew!  Great
> conference, but exhausting!  Informally, there was conversation and
> networking with other developers starting at about 7:30 every morning when
> people were showing up for breakfast, and after the regular sessions there
> were informal presentations until 10:30pm and the lab was open and hopping
> until midnight.  I don't think I was the only one to sneak away for a power
> nap on occasion to keep my energy level up.
> The conference itself was a two-track affair most of the time (roughly, one
> track was business oriented and the other was technical) and with the shift
> in PalmSource's emphasis toward smart phones it was hard to skip out on many
> of the business sessions, which had good information about how to sell
> applications through the wireless carriers and gave a lot of insight into
> PalmSource's strategy in the coming years.
> I've got a ton of work to catch up on, so I'll save most of my comments for
> the June CoMoDev meeting, but here are a few high points:
> Palm OS is alive and well running on a Linux microkernel that PalmSource
> acquired when they bough China Mobilesoft a few months ago.  Of course it's
> a pre-alpha kind of thing, but their progress in just a few months is very
> promising.  The Palm OS Cobalt API runs on top of Linux and enables standard
> Palm apps to run with a simple recompile on the new system.  All the
> built-in PIM apps were running fine as far as I could tell and I was assured
> that this was accomplished without changing a single line of code.  I'll
> tell you more and what the roadmap looks like at the meeting.
> Palm OS Cobalt (OS 6) itself is finally getting on some cool hardware but
> still hasn't hit the market.  This is the OS that PalmSource developed on a
> microkernel built largely by the BeOS engineers after PalmSource acquired
> Be. I got to play with a Cobalt smart phone for a while in the lab one night
> and was pretty impressed.  Here are some pictures and comments that I wrote
> up on the flight home: http://www.comodev.com/first_cobalt_phone.htm
> Lots of change was coming down during the conference itself.  PalmSource CEO
> David Nagel delivered a shocker by resigning the day before the conference,
> apparently for personal reasons.  Nice timing.  Interestingly, few people
> seemed to care that much, although the PalmSource staff themselves were in
> shock for the first day.  Once the conference got rolling it was scarcely a
> topic of conversation.  It's hard to get out of the PalmSource people what
> happened that their latest OS will have been almost 2 years in making it
> onto the market, but I think there's a sense in the developer community that
> Nagel made some mistakes and that perhaps it was time for him to go.  The
> feeling I got is that PalmSource wants to put the Cobalt debacle behind them
> as soon as possible and will focus on Linux almost exclusively now.
> There was plenty of other news (like palmOne renewing its license on Palm OS
> through 2009 and acquiring the "Palm" brand from PalmSource) but no time to
> go into it now.  I think in general the Palm platform is doing better than a
> lot of folks give them credit.  PalmOne has had 7 straight quarters of
> year-over-year sales growth, and big increases in both volume and margins.
> The new LifeDrive device (very cool by the way) looks like it's on its way
> to being a hit.  Other Palm OS licensees are doing well, too.  Kyocera has
> sold more of its 7135 smart phone than sales of all Microsoft smart phones
> combined.  And the platform looks like its well poised in the China market
> now.  Still, there's no question that mistakes have been made, competition
> is heating up, and there's little margin for error now.
> How'd the meeting go last week?
> David

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