PalmSource Joins Linux Phone Standards (LiPS) Forum, Addressing Standards, Interoperability and Mass Adoption of Linux(R) - PalmSource Will Work Alongside Operators, Device Manufacturers,

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    SUNNYVALE, Calif., Nov. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- PalmSource, Inc.
 (Nasdaq:   PSRC), provider of Palm OS(R), a leading operating system powering
 next generation phones and mobile devices, today announced that it is a
 founding member of the Linux Phone Standards (LiPS) Forum. The LiPS Forum, a
 consortium of leading companies, has come together to accelerate the adoption
 of Linux in fixed, mobile and converged devices by standardizing Linux-based
 services and APIs that most directly influence the development, deployment and
 interoperability of applications and user-level services. Alongside
 PalmSource, the founding members include France Telecom/Orange, FSM Labs,
 Huawei, Jaluna, MontaVista Software, MIZI Research, Open Plug, Arm, Cellon and
 Esmertec.
     The primary goal of the LiPS Forum is to establish standards for the
 growing numbers of companies providing Linux-based technologies for mobile,
 fixed and converged telephony terminals. With the rapid increase of Linux's
 popularity in these markets, there is an increasing need for industry
 standards to avoid fragmentation and ensure interoperability of technologies
 from different vendors. The LiPS Forum intends to support device manufacturers
 and operators in bringing to market Linux-based devices at a lower cost, while
 facilitating the programming and development process for software and
 semiconductor vendors. Additionally, the LiPS Forum plans to foster
 communication between the open source community and the telecom industry in
 order to drive market awareness.
     Michael Kelley, senior vice president of engineering from PalmSource,
 commented, "Becoming a part of the LiPS Forum further demonstrates our belief
 in the potential of Linux and our plans to developing on Linux. We believe
 that by simplifying the adoption of Linux in fixed, mobile and converged
 devices, and working to ensure that they match the requirements of operators
 and consumers, the LiPS Forum will play an important part in making Linux a
 truly mass market proposition."
 
     About the Linux Phone Standards Forum (LiPS)
     The Linux Phone Standards (LiPS) Forum is a consortium of leading industry
 players formed to standardize the Linux-based services and Application
 Programming Interfaces (APIs) that most directly influence the development,
 deployment and interoperability of applications and user-level services.
     The success of Linux in phones, as elsewhere, is reliant on standards that
 ensure interoperability and guard against fragmentation. To date,
 standardization efforts have focused on the important question of Linux kernel
 optimization to achieve improved boot time, power management, system footprint
 and other performance-related factors. But for mass-market telephony
 terminals, standards that enable key applications and services to be deployed
 with a high degree of interoperability are at least as important as
 performance characteristics. LiPS has been created to meet this need that is
 crucial for modern phones and thus complement current initiatives around Linux
 standardization.
     The founding members are ARM, Cellon, Esmertec, France Telecom/Orange, FSM
 Labs, Huawei, Jaluna, MIZI Research, MontaVista Software, Open-Plug and
 PalmSource, Inc.
 
     About PalmSource
     PalmSource, Inc., the company behind Palm OS(R), a leading operating
 system powering smart mobile devices, is a leading developer of software for
 mobile phones and other mobile devices. Its products include a wide range of
 software for mobile phones at all price points. More than 39 million mobile
 phones, handhelds, and other mobile devices run PalmSource software. More than
 45 companies worldwide have licenses to PalmSource software, including Fossil,
 Garmin, GSPDA, Kyocera, Lenovo, Palm, Samsung, Sony, and Symbol Technologies.
 Palm OS has given rise to a large community of users, enterprises, developers
 and manufacturers, who together make up the Palm Powered(TM) Economy. More
 information about PalmSource is available at www.palmsource.com,
 www.palmsource.co.uk, www.palmsource.fr, www.palmsource.de,
 www.palmsource.com/es and www.palmsource.com.cn.
 
     CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS:  This press release
 contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, as
 well as assumptions that if they never materialize or prove incorrect, could
 cause our results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such
 forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements include, without
 limitation, statements regarding the Linux Phone Standards Forum (LiPS Forum)
 and our plans to develop on Linux. The risks and uncertainties that could
 cause our results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such
 forward-looking statements include, without limitation, the ability of Linux
 to become the leading operating system for mobile devices; our ability and the
 ability of LiPS Forum members to successfully advance the use of Linux on
 mobile devices; our ability to successful building our new applications
 framework on and to port our Palm OS platform to run on Linux; realization of
 the anticipated growth in mobile phone sales; and other risks and
 uncertainties contained in our public announcements, reports to stockholders
 and other documents filed with and furnished to the Securities and Exchange
 Commission, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the period ended
 June 3, 2005 and our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended
 September 2, 2005. All forward-looking statements in this press release are
 based on information available to us as of the date hereof, and we assume no
 obligation to update these forward-looking statements.
 
     NOTE:  PalmSource, Inc. PalmSource, Palm OS, and certain other trade
 names, trademarks and logos are trademarks which may be registered in the
 United States, France, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom, and other countries
 and are either owned by PalmSource, Inc., it's affiliates, or are licensed by
 PalmSource, Inc., from Palm Trademark Holding, Company LLC.
     Linux(R) is the registered trademark of Linus Torvalds in the U.S. and
 other countries.
     All other brands, product names, company names, trademarks and service
 marks are the properties of their respective owners. All rights reserved.
 
 

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