PalmSource announced that it would build its new applications' framework on, and port its Palm OS platform to run on Linux.
The Open Source Development Labs (OSDL), a global consortium comprising over 70 of the world's largest Linux customers, has announced the formation of the Mobile Linux Initiative (MLI), a new working group dedicated to accelerating the adoption of Linux, in a rapidly-growing mobile market.
PalmSource has joined the MLI, and as founding member, PalmSource will be expected to work with other OSDL members and the development community, to advance use of Linux in mobile devices. The company had announced last year, that it would build its new applications' framework on, and port its Palm OS platform to run on Linux.
The MLI will aim at maximizing market opportunities for Linux-based devices. Members of the MLI will work towards developing applications for Linux-based mobile devices, overcoming operating system challenges, delivering requirements' defining documents and hosting open source projects supporting OSDL's initiative.
According to research firm - Ovum, the mobile phone market is burgeoning, with worldwide sales having grown 31 percent in 2004, and more than 2.8 billion phones expected to be in use by 2009. Handset manufacturers are increasingly turning towards Linux to deliver lower costs; plus greater speed, capability and flexibility. OSDL's new initiative - the MLI, is believed to be the fall-out of this growing demand for Linux-based mobile solutions.
Stuart Cohen, CEO, OSDL, said, "Linux provides mobile device manufacturers with a powerful platform and unmatched inter-operability, to deliver new capabilities in advanced handsets. In much the same way that the OSDL Carrier Grade Linux working group helped accelerate Linux adoption in telecommunications network infrastructure, we believe that MLI will create the ideal forum where device manufacturers, network operators and developers can focus specifically on Linux and open source applications, to move mobile handsets to the next level of functionality and profitability."
Michael Kelley, senior vice president - engineering, PalmSource, said, "PalmSource believes that Linux has the potential to become a leading operating system for mobile devices, and we are committed to accelerating that process. OSDL is a proven launch pad for Linux technology and collaboration. Carrier Grade Linux is a perfect example of an OSDL initiative that has been widely accepted by the industry. By joining OSDL, and being a part of the Mobile Linux Initiative, we can work closely with Linux industry pioneers, to contribute to the on-going development and adoption of mobile Linux."
Along with PalmSource Motorola, MontaVista Software, Wind River and Trolltech have joined the MLI.