Palm developing Linux-based platform

At Palm's analyst and investor conference in New York Tuesday, CEO Ed Colligan announced the company is investing in a new Linux-based platform for its line of Treo smart phones.

Colligan said the Linux platform "will build a new foundation for Palm" and give the company, users and developers more flexibility.

The platform has been in development for "a number of years," he said, but emphasized repeatedly that Palm is still committed to the Palm OS and will continue to ship products based on that platform.

Those were the only details provided.

Access purchased PalmSource, developer of the Palm OS in 2005, and last year licensed Palm OS back to Palm. Access then rebranded its version of the platform as and is developing its own Linux version of the platform.

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