Sunday, October 16, 2005

Sun - Linux for mobile devices given a boost

The Open Source Development Labs, an industry consortium devoted to improving Linux, plans to launch an initiative Monday to bring the open-source operating system to mobile phones.

OSDL's Mobile Linux Initiative is intended to improve Linux for the small, but increasingly powerful, devices. It's also set up to spur development of applications, outline requirements for different cell phone uses and host related open-source development projects.

Linux on mobile phones, like Linux on servers stands a real chance of succeeding versus Microsoft - its up to them, but the wireless operators and handset manufacturers will not give their devices up to Microsoft as happened on the PC - so Linux could be a popular alternative.

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