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SourceLabs: Bruce Perens' Forecasts for 2006

Dec 18, 2005, 01:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Perens)

"Native Linux APIs gain ground as a Cellular Applications Platform

"Java's also the Cell phone industry's answer to portability, but not to performance. Take an underpowered, RAM-constrained, battery-limited platform and use Java to run your applications and you get an even slower, more limited platform that uses the battery up faster. Handset manufacturers are starting to realize that they all share the ARM processor in common--it's only the operating system API that differs. There's a better answer than Java to the portability question: run the same native executables across multiple cell phone platforms. The advent of Linux and Open Source GUIs in feature phones, and standardization projects like those run by OSDL and Free Standards Group, will begin to provide that answer in 2006..."

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