Boston Linux & UNIX was originally founded in 1994 as part of The Boston Computer Society. We meet on the third Wednesday of each month at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Building E51.

Handheld Linux and the HP/Compaq iPaq

Date and Time

Wednesday, February 19, 2003 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm


MIT Building 4-370


Jamey Hicks , Hewlett Packard Company - Jamey.Hicks hp com


An overview of Linux on the iPaq, as seen previously at our September 2000 meeting


The Linux distribution on has come a long way since its launch in June of 2000 and the last talk about it at the Boston Linux and Unix September 2000 meeting.

This talk will describe the current state of Linux on handhelds, focusing on the HP iPAQ and the Familiar Linux distribution from

The Familiar distribution now includes both a GTK-based PIM (GPE) and a Qt based PIM suite (OPIE) but also can run many other standard Linux applications, drawing on the Debian ARM distribution.

In addition to the high level overview, this talk will cover some of the interesting aspects of handheld computer architecture that differentiate it from PDA's and desktop, server and embedded computing.


  1. Handhelds.Org
  2. YouTube playlist of meeting (6 parts)

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