DoCoMo, Vodafone, Handset Vendors To Work On Mobile Linux
from the get-the-penguin-a-phone dept
NTT DoCoMo, Vodafone, Motorola, Samsung, NEC and Panasonic say they’ll work together on mobile Linux, building it into a consistent platform that can be adopted by multiple vendors. Sound familiar? It’s pretty similar to separate plans announced earlier by the Open Source Development Labs as well as the Lips Forum. Despite a fair bit of fanfare, neither of those groups has appeared to produce much of anything. The involvement of two major operators — with their implicit interest in getting Linux devices to their customers — should give this group a bit more impetus to move quickly and actually do something. It’s high time Linux lived up to the hype in the smartphone space, but the issues holding it back — fragmentation and inconsistency — don’t look like they’re too much closer to being solved.