Originally Published: Monday, 21 May 2001 Author: John R. Morris
Published to: develop_articles/Development Articles Page: 1/1 - [Printable]

OSDN Handheld Months: The Inside Scoop on YOPY

In this Linux.com exclusive interview Linux.com correspondent John Morris gets the inside track on the mysterious YOPY Linux handheld hailing from Korea, and wangles the answers to some stubborn questions. Could the YOPY be "the one"? Looks good to us!

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Recently, I had the opportunity of interviewing a programmer on the YOPY development team. YOPY is one of the new generation Linux PDAs. Produced by the Korean company G.mate, YOPY is a color PDA running a custom Linux distribution called Linupy. The YOPY runs an Intel StrongARM SA-1110 microprocessor, with 32mb of Flash memory and 16mb of SDRAM, currently. More information can be obtained at: http://www.gmate.co.kr/english/products/development_kit.htm and http://www.yopy.com.

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Linux.com: Hello, and thanks for taking the time to talk with me. What is your name, and your relationship to the YOPY development?

Young: Young Hoon Kim, Programmer in YOPY Software development team.

Linux.com: What does "YOPY" stand for?

Young: YOPY stands for 'YOung People's Yard' and it is the representative brand of G.Mate for its mobile computing platform. YOPY implies "A ground where ideals become reality for young people who dream of another world and have strong adventurous spirits." The red triangle, which is the main point of the logo, signifies the next stage in the wireless Internet. The pictogram is creating the image of 'the next generation is making its dreams come true through the Internet.'

Linux.com: Will there be command-line access to Linux shell?

Young: Yes, through the serial port connection to YOPY. The connection speed is 115200bps.

Linux.com: Will there be the standard command line utilities such as Perl, Bash, grep, awk, sed?

Young: YOPY file system comes with bash, awk, sed and many other standard Unix command line utilities. Perl is not included in the basic package, but you can surely put that in YOPY.

Linux.com: Will there be a place to download packages?

Young: You can find those files in the download section of http://www.yopydeveloper.org

Linux.com: How is the network connectivity achieved?

Young: First you can use PPP to the host computer. Or you can use CDMA CFII module to directly connect to the Internet.

Linux.com: Will there be any memory or other upgrades available?

Young: The size of memory is fixed at the current time, but you will see packages with different memory sizes for end-user products. You can use a bunch of add-ons that use CFI or CFII including microdrive, Ethernet card, and so on.

Linux.com: Will there be server software like Sendmail, Bind and others available for Linux on YOPY\?

Young: Though it is not included in the basic package, you will be able to run virtually any software that runs on your desktop pc. I even tested Apache server and it worked just fine.

Linux.com: Exactly how full featured is YOPY Linux as a Linux distribution?

Young: We could call it compact distribution.

Linux.com: What was your favorite part of developing YOPY?

Young: I like the fact that I can make any software running on a Linux desktop PC run on YOPY.

Linux.com: What was your least favorite part?

Young: (no answer) [He apparently enjoyed every single moment :>]

Linux.com: Why did you decide to do this project?

Young: Because I like PDA.

Linux.com: What are some of the special features of YOPY that make it stand out?

Young: Unlike other PPC [Portable PC], you will feel that it's the same as your desktop PC.

Linux.com: What are you feelings regarding YOPY & Open Source?

Young: YOPY can be much improved in the Open Source community.

Linux.com: What other projects are you working on?

Young: I'm working on TTS/AST and GPS solutions.

Linux.com: When can the average Linux user / consumer expect to see YOPY available in mass quantities?

Young: Third or last quarter of this year.

Linux.com: What are some of the possible uses of YOPY? Games? MP3 Player? E-Mail and Personal Organizer? Web Browser? Network troubleshooting? Portable/wearable PC?

Young: YOPY is very suitable for all the criteria you mentioned and it can be used as ruggedized PC.

Linux.com: How long does a 2.4.x Linux Kernel take to compile on YOPY?

Young: I didn't try that yet, but it took about an hour to compile the whole SFree86 tree.

Linux.com: How much will YOPY cost when it goes into mass distribution? How much does it cost right now?

Young: We have not fixed it yet. Maybe $400 to $600 for the end user.

Linux.com: What do you see as the future of PDAs and things like YOPY?

Young: PDA will be merged into cellular phone.

Linux.com: Thanks for your time, and working on YOPY.

Currently the YOPY YDK-1000 package sells for $550 US dollars + shipping & handling from Korea, but only if you either buy 3 or are a student at a university or graduate school.

John R. Morris resides in Southern California and is a Senior Unix Sysadmin. with Nerdality Consulting. When he's not writing articles for Linux.com, he's consulting or playing with his toys: A SGI Indigo 2, an Alpha EB164 running RedHat, a laptop running Suse 7.0, and a couple of Sparcstation/2's.





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