Red Hat Proposes Open Source for Next-Gen Wireless Devices
Red Hat will try to unravel the close-knit wireless handset marketplace with a new open source, license- and royalty-free operating system for next-generation mobile phones.Red Hat will try to unravel the close-knit wireless handset marketplace with a new open source, license- and royalty-free operating system for next-generation mobile phones. But with all of the major handset manufacturers already committed to the Symbian OS, Red Hat faces a significant challenge in convincing vendors to use the product in 2.5- and third-generation devices. Compared to Symbian or Micro-softs Stinger, which dont allow developers to access the source code, eCos Red Hats OS for 2.5/3G mobile devices would give handset makers more leeway in the design and branding of products, said Paul Beskeen, director of engineering of Red Hats Embedded Runtime group. Red Hat and 3G Lab are working together on the OS, which will be based on Red Hats open source embedded real-time OS not on Linux.
Symbian a joint venture of Ericsson, Motorola, Nokia, Panasonic and Psion said that its solution doesnt need to be open source because it has worked closely with its partners and licensees to develop the OS. "Weve built the product in coordination with them, to match whats going on in the marketplace," said Trevor Strudley, Symbians director of market development.