By Marguerite Reardon, <maggie.reardon(a)cnet.com> CNET News.com
*Four mobile handset makers are teaming up with two cellular operators to
develop a new Linux software platform for mobile devices.*
Cell phone makers Motorola, NEC, Panasonic Mobile Communications and Samsung
Electronics, along with mobile operators NTT DoCoMo and Vodafone, expect to
announce on Thursday plans to form an independent foundation to develop a
common mobile Linux-based platform. They will use this platform to develop
new products, applications and features.
Linux, an open-source operating system, is already available on a wide range
of mobile handsets.
says it has shipped more than 5 million Linux-based handsets, mostly
on smart phones, such as the Ming model shipped in China. In addition,
Motorola just launched the new Rokr
E2<http://news.zdnet.com/1606-2-6020722.html?tag=nl>music phone in
Asia, which also uses Linux. The Rokr E2 will soon ship in
Other handset makers have shipped a similar volume of Linux-based handsets,
said Christy Wyatt, the vice president of ecosystem and market development
for Motorola and a spokeswoman for the new Linux foundation.
But until now, each handset maker has built its own operating system using
the Linux kernel. This has led to a wide variety of implementations in the
market, each of which must be tested individually by mobile operators.
The six companies forming the foundation believe that by working together,
they can build a common platform that will allow them to develop new
products much faster and cheaper than they've done in the past. Mobile
operators benefit from a common Linux platform, too, because it means they
can test and certify one operating system instead of several.
"While Linux itself is an open kernel, platforms from handset maker to
handset maker vary," Wyatt said. "And when you look at building an ecosystem
of suppliers and developers, it is difficult to support individual Linux
implementations. Pulling resources from multiple companies to develop a
common platform makes Linux more compelling."
Details of how the foundation will be funded and how it will function
haven't yet been released. But the goal of the founding companies is to
develop and market an application programming interface, or API,
specification; architecture; and specifications for third-party software
The foundation also plans to provide a test suite to assess and demonstrate
product conformance to the specification. Other companies will be encouraged
to join the foundation, Wyatt said.
This isn't the first effort to come up with a common Linux operating system
for mobile phones. The Linux Phone Standard
of several companies, including PalmSource and France Telecom's
Orange), the Open Source Development
Consumer Electronics Linux Forum all have been working on efforts to
define requirements or establish specifications.
Wyatt said that unlike traditional standards efforts, the new foundation
will establish a common software platform that all participating
manufacturers will be able to use.
"We're developing a complete platform," she said. "So instead of everyone
developing products based on a published specification or standard, we'll be
innovating and developing a whole platform with our peers."
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Electronics Corporation of Tamilnadu.He has been advocating for open source
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I wish to take your vital help and contribution in accomplishing his
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Thanking you and looking forward to your reply.
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Open Source Software Courses Set to Begin
The registration process will be carried out in 330 information
centers distributed all around the country. The courses include
hardware and software fundamentals, as well as their use and
utilities. This program will start on Monday, June 12. More than
400 thousand people will participate.
A program to train over 400 thousand people in open source
software - as part of Mission Science - will start on Monday,
June 12 in Venezuela. This training program will be carried out
by the National Center of Information Technologies (CNTI, Spanish
acronym). CNTIs President, Jorge Berrizbeitia, explained that
the first goal is to train the population that does not know
anything about this field.
The registration process will be carried out in the 330
information offices distributed all around the country.
These free courses will last 24 hours. They will be completed
according to the needs of each community. They include hardware
and software fundamentals, their use and utilities, and the
importance of information and communication technologies for
Berrizbieta pointed out that 860 people will participate as
teachers in these courses.
The CNTIs head stated that the second stage of this program will
train over 300 thousand reservists on this technology-information
matter. He also added that the CNTI plans to open other 230
information offices. This institution also will provide mobile
information offices that will be able to reach low-income
communities of difficult access.
exactly my point about the law making ppl .i wish all of you to educate the legal community about the basic concepts which all these legislating ppl tend to ignore and take for granted.
Achuthanandan gives the green signal for revising IT policy
Key issue is whether incentives should be continued for investors
# States such as Karnataka are backing out from offering heavy
subsidies to IT firms
# Comprehensive policy on free and open software needed
# More emphasis on defining e-governance initiatives
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan has given the
green signal for revising the information technology (IT) policy of
the State Government.