Linux mobile standard body formed

A group of mobile companies are getting together to draw up a Linux mobile phone standard, to help make the open-source solution more popular in the mobile arena.

A group of mobile companies are getting together to draw up a Linux mobile phone standard, to help make the open-source solution more popular in the mobile arena.

Orange, PalmSource, mobile chip manufacturer ARM Holdings, and a number of mobile software developers are joining forces to create the Linux Phone Standard (Lips) Forum.

The forum wants to agree on a platform that will allow applications on individual phones and mobile devices to be easily integrated with the Linux operating system.

The Open Source Development Lab (OSDL), which employs Linux inventor Linus Torvalds, is already working on this technology goal.

OSDL recently announced its decision to put more effort into the Linux mobile space by developing a base Linux mobile system that would easily integrate with other applications. It is not clear at this stage if there will be some crossover between the work of OSDL and Lips.

Linux has so far experienced wider use in the Asian mobile markets, where cut-price basic operating platforms are more critical in poorer countries.

However, analyst Gartner has predicted that Linux mobile use in western Europe and the US would see a sharp increase in the next year.

Nokia launched its first Linux-enabled tablet internet device earlier this month.

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