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OSDL and LiPS Coordinate Efforts to Accelerate Mobile Linux Deployments
Open source collaboration will provide device manufacturers and operators
with an open alternative to closed, proprietary systems
BEAVERTON, Ore., and ISSY-LES-MOULINEAUX, France, August 14, 2006 Two of
the driving forces extending the popular Linux operating system to mobile
devices, today announced a formal arrangement to further accelerate the
growth and proliferation of mobile Linux phones and devices worldwide.
Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) and the Linux Phone Standards Forum
(LiPS) will actively collaborate to reduce fragmentation in the mobile space
and provide the industry with open, flexible and customizable Linux-based
solutions to increase revenue opportunities. This move will maximize the
benefits of the organizations' complementary approaches: OSDL focuses on the
kernel and operating system levels, and LiPS works on applications and
service enabler layers.
The framework for collaboration includes cross-organization representation at
member meetings, two-way sharing and referencing (rather than duplicating) of
requirements and specifications, and cooperation in the creation of common
requirements and specifications for mobile Linux-based devices.
"The success of mobile Linux requires a cross-organizational effort without
duplication of efforts by our members and other industry participants," said
Stuart Cohen, CEO of OSDL. "Collaboration among vendors, users, developers
and the organizations that support the goals of these constituencies will
produce a full-functioning mobile Linux platform capable of increasing its
competitive position vis-à-vis other mobile OS providers."
In recent months, mobile Linux has experienced considerable growth. The
Diffusion Group predicts that growth will continue with Linux marketshare
surpassing Symbian OS-based smartphones by 2010. This opportunity is
garnering attention from handset manufacturers who want to leverage Linux and
open source software to drive cost savings, performance, technology
enhancements and flexibility.
"No one questions that Linux and its applications can deliver more capable
mobile devices, increase flexibility, speed time-to-market and lower costs,"
said Haila Wang, President for LiPS. "It's a matter of how we get there.
Collaboration and cooperation are key to avoid market fragmentation, and LiPS
is working with OSDL and other organizations and companies to build
consistent, complementary specifications for making open source software a
key component in mobile devices."
"Access/PalmSource has been a strong supporter of both LiPS and OSDL," said
Mike Kelley, senior vice president of engineering at Access/PalmSource. "We
believe that Linux has a great future in the mobile space. Reducing
fragmentation to work together towards a common platform will accelerate
Linux adoption even further. Cooperation between OSDL and LiPS is an
important step in this direction."
In response to member demand, OSDL announced its Mobile Linux Initiative
(MLI) in October 2005 with an emphasis on kernel-level gap analysis and
requirements. OSDL's MLI is focused on identifying gaps and finding solutions
for kernel-level and operating system requirements. OSDL provides a central
location through which Linux kernel and operating system collaboration can be
The LiPS Forum was founded in November 2005 to help accelerate the adoption
of Linux in fixed, mobile and converged devices. In defining common
Linux-based services and Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), LiPS
specifications allows applications and services to be deployed across all
types of Linux telephony terminals, fostering interoperability and promoting
adoption of Linux. The LiPS Forum is now comprised of more than 20 companies
from the mobile industry ecosystem, including chipset and terminal
manufacturers, third party software vendors and operators.
About The LiPS Forum
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 founding members of the LiPS Forum are ARM Ltd, Cellon International,
Esmertec, France Telecom, Orange, FSM Labs, Huawei Technologies, Jaluna, MIZI
Research, Inc., MontaVista Software, Inc., Open-Plug and PalmSource, Inc., an
Companies interested in finding out more about LiPS, please visit
http://www.lipsforum.org/. Companies interested in joining LiPS, please email
firstname.lastname@example.org. For press inquiries, please email email@example.com.
About Open Source Development Labs (OSDL)
OSDL sponsor of Linus Torvalds, the creator of the Linux kernel and other
key Linux developers - is dedicated to accelerating the growth and adoption
of Linux-based operating systems in the enterprise. Founded in 2000 and
supported by a global consortium of major Linux customers and IT industry
leaders, OSDL is a nonprofit organization that provides state-of-the-art
computing and test facilities available to developers around the world. With
offices in China, Japan and the United States, OSDL sponsors legal and
development projects to advance open source software as well as initiatives
for Linux systems in telecommunications, in the data center and on enterprise
desktops. Visit OSDL on the Web at http://www.osdl.org/.
OSDL is a trademark of Open Source Development Labs, Inc. Linux is a
trademark of Linus Torvalds. Third party marks and brands are the property of
their respective holders.
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