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Subject: [aclug-L] Re: Tablet PCs
From: lowell <lowell@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 12 Oct 2002 16:02:24 -0500
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Linux is used in many POS applications in retail around the country 
(Papa John's Pizza comes to mind) which prolly (although not 
necessarily) use touchscreen; Sharp's Zaurus would prolly have 
handwriting recog. (again, I'm not sure; just seems so)...

Jonathan Hall wrote:

>An article in the most recent issue of Popular Mechanics talks about
>"Microsoft's" new Tablet PCs... basically laptops with touch-screen LCDs
>that swivel in a way that you can close the 'notebook' with the LCD facing
>outward, forming a hybrid PDA/laptop PC.  Additionally, the display is said
>to work either horizontally or vertically, so you can operate it in standard
>laptop mode (horizontally), or tilt it to the side and hold it like you
>would a clipboard, or an overgrown PDA, and operate it in vertical mode.
>The article talks about "a version of Windows XP" with special handwriting
>recognitian software, and other "tablet"-specific software.  Manufacturers
>such as Fujitsu, Acer and Toshiba are cited as promising variations on the
>My curiosity is... how long until Linux will have the maturity to run on
>these devices with the same functionality that Windows does.  I'm sure Linux
>could be loaded on the PCs... but until Linux supports that flavor of
>touch-screen monitors (maybe it already does?), and handwriting recognition,
>and a few other features... it will still be lagging behind M$ for that
>niche in the market.
>Is anyone aware of any such emerging technologies on the Linux front?
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