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Posted 16 Jun 2000 at 00:06 UTC by raph Share This

I am pleased to post the following at the request of Jim Gettys:

The open source and research communities have expressed great interest in the Itsy pocket computer research project of Compaq's corporate research labs. With the recent appearance on the market of products with most of the attributes that made the Itsy pocket computer so exciting, both from Compaq (the iPAQ H3600) and other companies, we believe that the time is ripe for more serious work in the general open source software community.

Compaq's research groups have established the web site to help provide a focus and aid development of open source software on handheld and wearable computers in the open source software community. The intent of this web site is to act as a repository and development aid for open source software for all platforms, including Compaq's H3600.

We are providing FTP and CVS repositories for open source software for handheld and wearable computers. These services are provided from Palo Alto, California, on a high speed network. Please send us mail if you have a project that would be helped by hosting of your project. services include:

  • A mirror of Russell King's ARM Linux site
  • Nicolas Pitre's SA11XX Arm Linux patches
  • ARM V4L GNU compiler cross development tool chain for Linux and BSD
  • Carlton University's ARM V4L RPM files
  • Linux on the Philips Nino
  • Anonymous read access CVS repositories
    • of our bootloader/monitor for embedded devices, which runs out of Flash and is relocatable to any part of RAM
    • of the Linux kernel containing the latest changes to support the iPAQ H3600 and Itsy
    • of the X Window System for the iPAQ H3600 and Itsy
    • of open source software we have written or changed for Itsy, as we port it to the iPAQ H3600 and make it available
  • FTP archives of tarballs of releases of this software (when available)
  • The usual links page

Patches of changes for the iPAQ H3600 are already being submitted for inclusion in the standard distributions of the base software: these CVS pools are being made available to enable more rapid development. We will have succeeded when these independent duplicate source pools of base open source components become unneeded!

Mailing Lists

Please join the mailing list to discuss open source software for handhelds and wearable computers.

We have also established the "" and "" mailing lists to provide forums to discuss specifically Linux and NetBSD kernel issues on handheld computers.

To subscribe to any of these mailing lists, visit:
or send mail to:

Further information

Mailing lists:

The web site:

Information about the Itsy hand held computer can be found at:

Information about the iPAQ H3600 Pocket PC product can be found at:

For more information, please join one of the mailing lists mentioned above. Press inquiries should contact Eileen Quinn,, at 408-285-9272.


The Itsy Team:
Compaq Western Research Lab: Joel Bartlett, Lawrence Brakmo, Keith Farkas, William Hamburgen, Marc Viredaz, Deborah Wallach
Compaq Systems Research Center: Timothy Mann, Carl Waldspurger (now at VMWare)

The Open Handheld Team:
Compaq Cambridge Research Lab: George France, Jamey Hicks, Frank Bomba, Edwin Foo
Compaq PAAD: Ed Gould, Tom Lawler, Dave Redell
Compaq SEA: Blair Fidler, Charlie Flynn, Dirk van Hennekeler, Greg McCane
Compaq CPCG: Jim Mann, Ken Nicholas
Compaq Research: Jim Gettys, Dick Greeley, Ken Salsman

Self: Keith Packard, Nicolas Pitre, Steve Hill, Stan Thomas

Our thanks to Kelly Martin who has been kind enough to make the domain name available.

Jim Gettys
Technology and Corporate Development
Compaq Computer Corporation

metaissues about roles, comments on website, posted 17 Jun 2000 at 02:11 UTC by nop » (Master)

I've posted some thoughts on roles in the community and some comments on their website on

I'd really like to see discussion of those kinds of issues in one place---on that list.

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