Friday, June 16, 2006

Another consortium for Linux on Mobile

Several big names have decided to join forces to promote Linux for mobiles. Motorola, NEC, Panasonic Mobile Communications and Samsung Electronics, as well as two mobile operators, NTT DoCoMo and Vodafone, announce an independent effort to build Linux platform for mobiles.

This announcement seems like a duplication of efforts; this is not the first consortium ('Linux Phone Standards Forum' and the 'Mobile Linux Initiative') and Linux-based systems were already running on 14% of smart phones (Symbian is leading at 75%, and Windows Mobile holds 5%). This multiple consolidation seems to reflect that Linux on mobile has the same problem as Linux on PC; many contributors, many levels and points of consolidation, and many stakeholders.

While the Good News™ is yet to come for a developer, it is yet another hopeful sign that most of the code written for a particular Linux kernel will run on other hardwares running the same branch.

News here, here and here.

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