A heaven for former Palm users May 31, 2010Posted by rm42 in Computers, Gadgets, Linux.
Exactly one year ago I wrote about my dissatisfaction with my old Palm TX. I had nothing negative to say about its software. Not that it was perfect, but for my needs it would have sufficed. However, the quality of its hardware was a disgrace. That is much more evident for me now that I have been using the Nokia N900 for several months. The Nokia N900 has a resistive type screen, just as the Palm TX did, but the difference in quality is like night and day. But any way, the purpose of this post is not to list the many ways in which my N900 is better than my old Palm TX. Today I am writing to tell you that you can now actually use your old Palm programs and your old Palm data on the Nokia N900. How is that possible? Well, we owe this privilege to a small company called Access.
Access has produced a product called Garnet VM. As its name implies, this is a virtualized instance of a fully functional Garnet OS, that is, Palm’s traditional 90’s and early 2000’s OS, that runs on Nokia’s Maemo devices, like the N900. Now, you may wonder, how can this company do that? Aren’t they afraid of being sued by Palm? Well, it turns out that Access is the actual current owner of that OS. So, they have every right to release this product and do whatever they want with the OS’s code.
So, how well does it work? Well, at the moment Garnet VM is still in the Beta testing period. The latest beta is available as a free download that will cease to function in November. Of course, by then there will either be a new beta available or, more likely, a finished product to purchase. But, you know what, I am ready to buy it right now. In spite of only being a beta product, it already works extremely well. I have only started playing with it a couple of days ago, but I have already verified that some of my old favorite Palm programs work as expected.
So, there you go who needs Palm any more?