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While fans of the Psion series of PDAs and palmtop computers have hailed the devices as the future of handheld computing, the Psion systems have caught on mainly in Europe, with the European market favoring a clamshell design and a thumb keyboard for its PDAs. However, Psion Teklogix -- a division of parent company Psion PLC -- hopes to change this bias with the NetBook Pro, a task-oriented mobile computing device aimed at the laptop market and designed specifically with business users in mind.
it may be of your interest to know that there is a “In favour of a Symbian os Option for the new psion netbook pro” petition going on at http://www.petitiononline.com/nbookpro/petition.html
Please note that it has been promoted ONLY via word-of-mouth on the psion forums and newsgroups, as well as on many developers' epoc/symbian-related sites.
Even a number of pda e-magazines whose correspondents usually frequent the forums mentioned it. Anyway, advertising for it on other media has been avoided as no one did absolutely want that this initiative were to be misinterpreted as an anti-Microsoft campaign.
The spirit of the petition, once again, it is *not* against PT's decision of releasing a Psion netBook pro with Windows CE.net (which the Psion User Community do absolutely respect in full), but it is just in favour of developing a *second* OS option, that is a Symbian OS one.
with in mind the above, we are committed to ensure that the petition gets the maximum possible awareness among developers, software house representatives, software integrators, VARs and resellers as well as power users and enthusiasts in order to gather the maximum support.
at the time of writing, the number of endorsers is very close to quota 1750 and the number is steadily growing.
For further information about how we decided to start a petition, you might find interesting reading the original psionplace thread:
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all the very best
Gianluca Gallino aka cangiante
Since 1998 I have spent over NZ$500k developing a database back office system to support a WAP directory application (http://wap.asklocator.com) using the EPOC OS for Psion Series 7 and Netbook. I was stunned at Psion and/or their marketeers opting for Windows CE exclusively for their Netbook Pro. EPOC is a very stable and reliable platform and a pleasure to develop software for using OPL. I very definetly want an EPOC option for the new Netbook. If not I am forced into major redevelopment or abandoning the project.
It is my understanding that, although Psion owns a portion of Symbian, they do NOT have much input in what Symbian does. ER6 (and all future releases) are targeted towards cellphones ONLY. Psion didn't abandon Symbian, Symbian abandoned Psion. ER5 was the last version with support for PDA-type devices and was severely limited when it came to supporting the new technology incorporated in the netBook Pro/netPad. Psion had two choices - take over total development and support of ER5 (Psion does not have the resources for that), or look for another OS.
Having said all that, I agree that it would be the cat's meow (or is it pajamas) if there was support for more than one OS.