Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) is bringing together mobile companies to develop a standard Linux-based operating system for mobile phones and other devices.
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Analyst IDC estimates that just over 11% of the world’s smartphones use Linux to support basic and advanced functions, but these devices use a variety of Linux products.
The standardisation effort launched by OSDL, which is a leading Linux developer, aims to provide a base-level solution that can more easily be adopted and built upon by device manufacturers, mobile operators and other developers.
OSDL has launched the Mobile Linux Initiative, which includes Motorola and PalmSource among its members.
PalmSource bought mobile Linux developer China Mobile in 2004. So far, a large chunk of mobile Linux development has been aimed at the Asian market, where lower base development and manufacturing costs are key to growing large markets in poorer countries.