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In the past 18 months, mobile phone manufacturers in Asia and elsewhere have introduced over a dozen handset models based on Linux, and before the end of 2005, you can expect to see a dozen more smart and feature phones announced and shipping. While it's easy to gush over this emerging trend, and to wax eloquent over the technical particulars of these intelligent mobile devices, it may be more interesting to examine the drivers behind this wave of adoption. This article examines the economics of building next-generation mobile handsets with Linux. In particular, it explains how phone makers have come to view Linux and Open Source not just as software components in their wares, but as a strategic platform that streamlines their business, improves their margins, and protects their brand equity. It will illustrate how Linux helps phone OEMs manage ever-increasing soft... (more) Exclusive: A Whirlwind Tour Of Open-Source Operating Systems

The enormous success of GNU/Linux as an operating system and as an open source project has captured the imagination of developers, IT staffers, business people, journalists, educators, and even politicians. Linux is so visible, its brand and allure so strong, that most people forget or never notice the existence of an array of other open source OSes. Some of these platforms "compete" with Linux for market share and popular attention (like BSD and OpenSolaris), some complement Linux with additional capabilities or virtualize aspects of its operation (like RTLinuxFree and T-Kernel)... (more)

OSDL Mobile Linux Initiative

The global mobile phone market is enjoying explosive growth. With annual unit sales in the hundreds of millions, Gartner analysts estimate that by 2009 the worldwide installed based will top 2.6 billion mobile handsets. For the Linux and Open Source segment of the IT industry, such numbers are tantalizing, orders of magnitude beyond shipments and even the installed base for servers, and far greater in volume than the worldwide desktop market. For the Linux software and related hardware markets, mobile phones are an opportunity to "break out" and enjoy greater market share in clie... (more)

Cover Story: OSDL - Linux's "Center of Gravity"

The year 2004 began auspiciously with the introduction of the 2.6 Linux kernel and advanced rapidly for the Open Source Development Labs (OSDL), its membership and the communities it represents and serves. Let us reflect on OSDL's achievements over the last year. This article will introduce readers unfamiliar with OSDL to its activities, update long-time OSDL watchers and offer a glimpse into new activities envisioned for the next 12 months. OSDL Turns FiveThe Open Source Development Labs was founded in 2000 by Computer Associates, Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard, Hitachi, IBM, Intel an... (more)

Escola de Linux and Linux na escola

Brazil. Samba, Soccer, Carnaval, Caipirinhas and Churrasco. And, of course, Open Source. The Latin American nation of 180 million is among the world's leaders in both government-backed and grass-roots adoption of Free and Open Software (FOSS), with growing deployment in the public sector, in the banking and retail industries, and by educational institutions, both for infrastructure and curriculum use. Moreover, Brazil is home to dozens of FOSS projects and to some illustrious proponents of Linux, including kernel maintainer Marcelo Tosatti and pop star minister of culture, Gilber... (more)