Access and PalmSource have jointly developed the Access Linux Platform (ALP), the latest evolution of the Palm OS for Linux. The ALP is designed to be an integrated, open, and flexible Linux-based platform tailored for smartphones and mobile devices. The ALP Software Developer Kit (SDK) should be available by the end of this year.
Major components of ALP include a standard, commercial-grade Linux kernel (version 2.6.12 and above); and optimized implementation of GIMP ToolKit (GTK+), open-source libraries for the creation of graphical user interfaces; GStreamer, an open-source, modular, and multi-threaded streaming media framework; and SQLite, a high-performance database engine. By combining Access' NetFront browser platform with PalmSource's advanced operating system, application portfolio, and user interface, ALP provides a comprehensive, flexible, and integrated commercial-grade Linux based solution for the mobile market.