Bring out your dead

When I worked on the Palm account the most valuable asset the company had was a vibrant developer community from large organisations like Sybase and Oracle to one-man bands selling their shareware over services like Tucows. Now according to News.com Is the PalmOS missing the Multimedia Boat? by Tom Krazit that developer love don’t live here any more.

What’s more given that Access are building a PalmOS as what is basically an embedded Linux platform there is a curious lack of development tools for the next iteration of the PalmOS? What on earth is going on?

What’s the benefit of using an open source codebase then over offerings from the likes of WindRiver or QNX?