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 handhelds.org 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
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.
Handhelds.org 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
- 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
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
- 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!
Please join the mailing list firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss open
source software for handhelds and wearable computers.
We have also established the "email@example.com" and
"firstname.lastname@example.org" 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:
The Handhelds.org 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
Press inquiries should contact Eileen Quinn, email@example.com, at
The Itsy Team:
Compaq Western Research Lab: Joel Bartlett, Lawrence Brakmo, Keith
William Hamburgen, Marc Viredaz, Deborah Wallach
Compaq Systems Research Center: Timothy Mann, Carl Waldspurger (now
The Open Handheld Team:
Compaq Cambridge Research Lab: George France, Jamey Hicks, Frank
Compaq PAAD: Ed Gould, Tom Lawler, Dave Redell
Compaq SEA: Blair Fidler, Charlie Flynn, Dirk van Hennekeler, Greg
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 handhelds.org name available.
Technology and Corporate Development
Compaq Computer Corporation