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February 19, 2007

VirtualLogix Offers Virtualization for Mobile Handsets

Filed under: Mobile, Virtualization — tuxicity @ 9:43 am

 

With the real-time virtualization software from VirtualLogix, handset makers are developing feature-rich mobile handsets on single-processor core chips, and lowering the bill of materials, while simultaneously increasing security and reliability with the use of Linux.
InfoWorld | VirtualLogix Offers Virtualization for Mobile Handsets .:. More..

February 16, 2007

Linux-powered iPhone killer available online in March

Filed under: linux, Mobile — tuxicity @ 6:01 am

 

FIC has announced an on-sale date for its Neo1973, expected to be the first low-cost, high-volume phone with a user-modifiable Linux-based operating system. Additionally, the OpenMoko project building open-source software for the phone has published a wealth of technical resources.

Linux-powered iPhone killer available online in March .;. More..

February 15, 2007

Single-core feature phone prototype runs Linux

Filed under: Mobile — tuxicity @ 11:19 am

 

Infineon, Comneon, and FSMLabs demonstrated a working prototype of a single-core mobile phone, making real calls on an Edge network, at the 3GSM World Congress this week in Barcelona. The partners claim their MP-Elite phone to be the first at its price point to run Linux.

Single-core feature phone prototype runs Linux.:..More…

Photos, video showcase Access Linux Platform 1.0

Filed under: Mobile — tuxicity @ 9:40 am

 

Photos and a video of Access’s just-launched Linux-based mobile phone operating system have been published by Spanish website PDAExpertos. The media, which show a development board and a prototype phone running ALP v1.0, were captured at this week’s 3GSM mobile technology conference in Barcelona.

Photos, video showcase Access Linux Platform 1.0 .:. More…

February 7, 2007

Open source phone stack project launches

Filed under: Mobile, Open Source — tuxicity @ 8:49 am

An open source project has launched with the goal of building a completely open source software stack for mobile phones. The GPE Phone Edition (GPE2) project aims for compliance with standards defined by the LiPS (Linux Phone Standards) Forum, and has already published an early implementation.

Open source phone stack project launches : More..

February 1, 2007

Reviewers converge on new Nokia Internet tablet

Filed under: linux, Mobile — tuxicity @ 5:31 am

The reviews are streaming are in. Three weeks after shipping, Nokia’s second generation Linux-based Internet tablet, the N800, is being characterized as a flawed jewel by dozens of reviews in publications as diverse as BusinessWeek, OSNews, and MobileBurn.
Reviewers converge on new Nokia Internet tablet :: More..

January 26, 2007

Cell phone Linux group launched

Filed under: linux, Mobile — tuxicity @ 5:59 pm

Six of the biggest names in cellular telephony have made good on a promise from last year and announced a new foundation to push Linux standardization and adoption on mobile phones.
Network World :: More..

Why mobile operating systems could fade away

Filed under: Mobile — tuxicity @ 9:39 am

Why mobile operating systems could fade away::

In last week’s column, I suggested that mobile platforms, such as Symbian and Windows Mobile, may be on their way out. I received a number of calls and e-mails about that comment, so this week I’d like to expand on this important topic.

Operating systems have always been near and dear to my heart. I got my start in technology as a systems programmer developing operating systems components, and I even designed and wrote one while I was still in college. The technology remains fascinating to me today, but I no longer think operating systems are a good idea for clients, especially mobile clients.

The purpose of an operating system is make the cold, hard, unyielding reality of hardware accessible and useful, providing data and task management, along with a user interface for applications and the operating system alike. These days, though, I’m a Web services, service-oriented architecture, software-as-a-service kind of guy. As a result, I’d argue that only a minimal execution environment is required on a mobile device — just enough to support a browser, a local cache and maybe a little local processing for Java and such. Admittedly, today’s reality of less-than-ubiquitous wireless infrastructure renders this vision merely a goal, but it does reflect where I think corporations are headed over time.

Desktop operating systems have become great big beasts that demand a lot of processing power and other resources (especially support dollars) to yield good results. Because of this, I assume they will become unsuitable for mobile use other than, perhaps, on notebook computers.

Of course, the Apple iPhone could change all of this. It runs Mac OS X and, while I’d argue (as I did above) that this isn’t a good idea and will ultimately be unnecessary, I’ve had some conversations lately with those who made a really good point: A big operating system is required to support today’s big browsers, which are practically operating systems in and of themselves. So, while I might favor a browser running on otherwise bare (but mobile) metal, this isn’t going to happen anytime soon.

And, indeed, it may be that Apple’s use of OS X will motivate others to follow suit. I’ve been discussing with our clients the possibility that Microsoft might rework the Ultra-Mobile PC platform and use this variant of Windows XP (or perhaps XP Embedded) to power future smart phones. This operating system obviously provides a good base for running Internet Explorer and other popular browsers like Firefox. This trend, in turn, would make the mobile and desktop experiences much the same, which is a desirable goal.

In either case, today’s mobile operating systems, most notably the Palm OS, Windows Mobile and Symbian, may not be long for this world. They clearly can’t compete if the big browser becomes the norm — and I think it will.

A little research reveals several other firms working on the big mobile operating system concept. Most of these are outgrowths of the traditional embedded software industry, now dominated by Linux. MontaVista already has Linux running on some Motorola handsets. A la Mobile is building a similar Linux-based environment for mobile phones. And a version of Mozilla called Minimo has been ported to the Linux-based Nokia 770.

As I noted last week, I believe that the trend is now going to be in favor of much bigger operating systems on mobile devices. And, while this trend certainly supports the desktop browser and Web-services models, it also introduces the possibility that the cell phone might eventually replace the PC. We simply won’t need to carry notebooks since our phones will support both traditional PC functionality and the desktop browser experience. I think this may in fact be the single biggest motivator for Microsoft to join the big mobile operating system party. Once they do, the future will be a lot easier to predict.

January 24, 2007

Cisco Responds to iPhone GPL Clusterlovemaking – Open Source Wi-Fi Phone Coming?

Filed under: Mobile, Open Source — tuxicity @ 7:09 am

Cisco Responds to iPhone GPL Clusterlovemaking – Open Source Wi-Fi Phone Coming? – Gizmodo

Cisco’s iPhone GPL violations may be delicious irony to Apple fans, but it’s actually something even better to open source fans. How? Let us remind you of the Linksys WRT routers.

Yes, Cisco/Linksys has had problems with GPL before. From what we heard from the tech industry when that scandal hit (2003-ish), Linksys was borrowing freely from GPL and but not attributing it, a definite no-no. When Cisco purchased Linksys in 2003, they had a source code review and discovered the “oversight”. After the obligatory “WTF do we do” meetings, Cisco decided to release the firmware into the open source community. This is why Linux hackers latched on and upgraded their router into a $600 beast.

Cisco is in much the same situation now. Linksys, their devision that made the iPhone WIP300, has borrowed from the GPL without attribution. What does this mean? Well, if Cisco is going to release the firmware for the WIP300 iPhone, that means open source coders are free to hack it to do whatever they want.

The WIP300 is a SIP phone, which is an open source standard for VoIP popularized by SIP VoIP provides and the project “Asterisk”, which lets you roll your own VoIP at home with just a linux box. But if hackers get to this phone, they could possibly load it up with Skype, Google Talk, or MSN as well as SIP.

January 23, 2007

World’s First Integrated Open Source Mobile

Filed under: Mobile, Open Source — tuxicity @ 2:38 pm

The Neo1973 is a feature-rich smartphone with a touch-screen interface, a 266 MHz processor and a built-in GPS module, all running on an entirely open platform called OpenMoko.

World’s First Integrated Open Source Mobile – Esato news :: more..

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