I am writing a Java application for a wireless handheld device and would like Linux to be the OS. The problem is I have no idea how to find a Linux OS for handhelds, nor do I know hot to tell which one to use.
If it helps in determining the 'best' OS, the application will be a Swing/SWT app (not sure yet, new to java GUI development) rather than a web browser app.
Sharp sold a whole line of Linux-based handhelds. I have an SL-6000, which I still find compares favorably with current devices even though it's been out of production for over 2 years. It came with a Debian 2.4.18 kernel + Qtopia and a J2ME engine inside.
Unless you're OEM'ing, your OS choices will mostly be set by the hardware you select to run on, and the OEM will list supported OS's. Although you can often find "rogue" linuxes for popular platforms.
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