The reference design, which will allow people to create several different kinds of PDAs, will be available from IBM Microelectronics and a few partners in March, the company said.
The move could serve to boost the use of Linux in PDAs. Though Sharp uses Linux in its Zaurus PDA, the operating system still is not as popular as the Palm OS, which is the most widely used PDA operating system on the market, according to figures from research firms IDC and Gartner.
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