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09 July 2009, 11:58

Peek seeks help to get Linux running

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The Peek mobile email device.
Zoom The Peek mobile email device.
Peek, the company behind the popular US email-only mobile devices, is looking for developers to help get Linux running on their products. According to a Geeky Peek blog post, the company is interested in getting Linux running on the Texas Instruments LoCosto processor, a chip based on the ARM7 (ARM7TDMI) core, which is used in the Peek mobiles. Interested developers are asked to post a comment to the discussion below the original post. Should a developer get it working, they will be offered "a little mini-consulting gig" to tell the company how they did it, possibly leading to the development of 'Mobile Linux Peek'.

Peek currently offers two personal mobile email devices, the Peek Pronto and the Peek Classic. The devices are marketed as an alternative to a full-featured smartphone, such as the iPhone or Windows Mobile devices, and currently use a customised lightweight operating system called "Peekux", based on the Nucleus Operating System from Mentor Graphics. Peek devices run on T-Mobile USA's GSM mobile network and service plans with unlimited email service start at $14.99 per month.


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