OSDL Aims Multivendor Initiative at Linux Mobile Phones
The OSDL launches the Mobile Linux Initiative, an effort to accelerate adoption of Linux in mobile phones. (LinuxDevices.com)The OSDL on Monday launched the Mobile Linux Initiative, an effort to accelerate adoption of Linux in mobile phones--one of the fastest growing consumer device segments. Linux is already among the top three OSes in "converged" mobile phones, according to industry analysts, and has shipped in Motorola handsets since 2003. The OSDL (Open Source Development Labs), which employs Linux creator Linus Torvalds and strives to be the "center of gravity" for Linux, has long been rumored to have an embedded Linux project in the works.
The organization last summer hired embedded expert Bill Weinberg, and more recently, took over stewardship of the Embedded Linux Platform Specification following the demise of the ELC (Embedded Linux Consortium).