Rumor: Could Palm OS 6 be called Cobalt?
After last week's early revelation that PalmSource would announce a dual strategy OS system and rename each OS, speculation has circulated over the new names. A PIC reader noticed a possible admission in the PalmSource Developer conference referring to Palm OS 6 as Cobalt...
PalmInfocenter reader Craig Bowers noticed a peculiar entry in the PalmSource Developers Conference agenda in the handheld guide, released by PalmSource:
"Palm OS Cobalt Technical Introduction"
Tuesday 11:30am to 12:30am
Location: Imperial Ballroom
Speaker: David Fedor
This is the session you've all been waiting for - a whirlwind overview of the incredible array of new features and technology engineered into the latest version of Palm OS..."
The same keynote description on the PalmSource website refers to the talk as "Palm OS 6 Technical Introduction". The use of the word cobalt to describe the OS could have been slip up or it could also refer to a specific technology that is part of Palm OS 6. It could even refer to an internal codeword for Palm OS 6, though that was earlier known to be "Sahara."
Dictionary.com defines cobalt as: A hard, brittle metallic element, found associated with nickel, silver, lead, copper, and iron ores and resembling nickel and iron in appearance. It is used chiefly for magnetic alloys, high-temperature alloys, and in the form of its salts for blue glass and ceramic pigments. Atomic number 27
The word is derived from the German word Kobalt, a variant of kobold, which means goblin. It developed from an old silver miners' belief that cobalt had been placed by goblins who had stolen the silver.
In any case, PalmSource will be make the official announcement Tuesday morning at the PalmSource Developer Conference. The developer and enthusiast gathering will take place February 10-12, 2004 in San Jose, California. PalmInfocenter will be reporting live from the event.
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