|| ||OSDL Announces Mobile Linux Initiative|
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OSDL Targets Next-Generation Handsets with Mobile Linux Initiative
New working group supports growing opportunity for Linux in mobile market;
more than 2.8 billion mobile phones expected to be in use by 2009
BEAVERTON, Ore., October 17, 2005 The Open Source Development Labs (OSDL),
a global consortium dedicated to accelerating the adoption of Linux®, today
announced the formation of a new working group, the Mobile Linux Initiative
(MLI), focused on accelerating the adoption of Linux in the rapidly-growing
OSDL is creating MLI in response to input from its membership and the growing
global demand for Linux-based mobile platform requirements. Research firm
Ovum reports that worldwide mobile phone sales grew 31 percent in 2004 and
that more than 2.8 billion phones are expected to be in use by 2009. As the
mobile market continues to explode, handset manufacturers are increasingly
turning to Linux as a strategic platform to deliver more capable mobile
devices, increase flexibility, speed time-to-market, and lower costs.
"Linux provides mobile device manufacturers with a powerful platform and
unmatched interoperability to deliver new capabilities in advanced handsets,"
said Stuart Cohen, CEO of OSDL. "In much the same way that the OSDL Carrier
Grade Linux working group helped accelerate Linux adoption in
telecommunications network infrastructure, we believe that MLI will create
the ideal forum where device manufacturers, network operators and developers
can focus specifically on Linux and open source applications to move mobile
handsets to the next level of functionality and profitability."
The MLI working group is designed to maximize the market opportunity for
Linux-based devices. MLI participants will work on operating system technical
challenges, foster development of applications for Linux-based mobile
devices, deliver requirements definition documents and use cases, and host
complementary open source projects that support the initiative. MontaVista
Software, Motorola, PalmSource, Trolltech, and Wind River are among the first
members to participate in MLI.
"As a leader in Mobile Linux, with more than three million Linux-based
handsets already shipped, Motorola is proud to work with organizations like
OSDL to promote open standards within the mobile market," said Christy Wyatt,
vice president, Ecosystem and Market Development, Motorola Mobile Devices.
"Open solutions like Linux enable us to deliver innovation and
differentiation faster and at lower costs creating better choices for
carriers and consumers."
"Linux has enormous potential in the mobile space as it is well placed to
meet growing demand for handsets that deliver both flexibility and advanced
features," said Gary Barnett, research director at Ovum. "OSDL and its
members are in a position to help facilitate a shift for handset
manufacturers moving to Linux."
"OSDL is a proven launch pad for Linux technology and collaboration. Carrier
Grade Linux is a perfect example of an OSDL initiative that has been widely
accepted by the industry," said Michael Kelley, senior vice president,
engineering, for PalmSource, Inc. "With OSDL bringing together key players
in the mobile market, we believe that it will be possible to provide
technically sound Linux implementations for mobile devices; deliver the
business benefits we expect; and give our customers more choice and value in
the services and products that we can offer."
About the Open Source Development Lab
OSDL - home to Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux - is dedicated to
accelerating the growth and adoption of Linux. Founded in 2000 by CA,
Hitachi, HP, IBM, Intel and NEC, OSDL is a nonprofit organization at the
center of Linux supported by a global consortium of more than 70 of the
world's largest Linux customers and IT industry leaders. OSDL sponsors
industry-wide initiatives around Linux in telecommunications, in the
enterprise data center and on corporate desktops. The Lab also provides Linux
expertise and computing and test facilities in the United States and Japan
available to developers around the world. Visit OSDL on the Web at
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a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. Third party marks and brands are
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other countries, and is exclusively licensed by PalmSource, Inc. from Palm
Trademark Holding Company. Other third party marks and brands are the
property of their respective holders.
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