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Opinion: Mobile Linux is Not About Free Software

Sep 26, 2007, 21:30 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andreas Constantinou)

"Linux is by far the software most commonly associated with (and often mis-identified with) open source and free software, where free refers to liberty, not costs. However, access to source code, ability to modify or redistribute, and the royalty-free nature of Linux are hardly the reasons why four out of five handset OEMs have adopted Linux. In other words, mobile Linux has not been adopted because of its 'free software' qualities.

"In 2007, handset OEMs have adopted Linux to varying degrees, from Motorola's portfolio-wide Linux strategy to Nokia's Internet Tablets segment-specific strategic experiment with Linux..."

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