Intel grabs OpenedHand to help drive mobile Linux effort


Intel grabs OpenedHand to help drive mobile Linux effort

Antony Savvas

Intel has acquired mobile Linux developer OpenedHand to help widen its development projects in this slowly growing market segment.

UK-based OpenedHand will join the Intel Open Source Technology Center, and will focus on Intel Moblin development for mobile internet devices.

OpenedHand said Intel will continue to support open source projects led by OpenedHand staff, including Clutter and Matchbox.

OpenedHand contributions will now be made available from the Intel Software Network's open source site.

Matchbox is used by Nokia on a range of its Linux-based mobile web devices. OpenedHand also maintains the free GNOME-based Poky Linux distribution for mobile phones and other devices.

Intel launched its Moblin project last summer. The project develops software that can be used with Intel's Atom processors.

The commercial availability of Linux-driven devices is limited, with the market dominated by devices supported by Symbian, Windows, Palm and Blackberry software.

However, some analysts believe that over the next five years, Linux will become the number two mobile OS behind Symbian, as more mobile hardware providers back it.

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