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developerWorks: Open Source Wireless Tools Emerge

Sep 23, 2004, 07:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Anne Zieger)

"As 802.11 and other forms of wireless LAN technology become more popular -- and mobile applications become established in corporate life -- open source-based applications and tools are gradually emerging for use in the unwired world. Open source developers are creating apps that fill a long list of key WLAN roles, including connection monitors, WAP gateways, configuration analyzers, and security packages. There's also a slowly growing group of open source-based development tools under development, some from giants like Nokia and others from ad-hoc groups of volunteer programmers.

"Though open source projects are beginning to bloom, wireless tools and apps are emerging more slowly than open source applications in other significant networking and telephony categories. At present, the mobile development world is largely controlled by major handset manufacturers, companies that generally make money by licensing copies of their own operating systems. And wireless LANs, for their part, have not become critical enough to attract the interest of the corporate sponsors who can give large open source projects a kick start..."

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