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Linux, FOSS and the Cellular Empire

May 19, 2009, 17:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steve Lake)

[ Thanks to An Anonymous Reader for this link. ]

"Now you might right away ask, "How does this apply to Linux and FOSS?" Well, the simple answer is this. Linux is quickly growing to become one of the dominant players in the mobile computing field, most especially on MIDs, PDA's, Phones and more. It may not be the king of all Internal Operating Systems (IOS) currently, and may never be, but it's most certainly one of the bigger players.

"And even if it wasn't, one of the big pushes underway right now by the freedom loving tech users out there is open formats, features and data. Phone lock-ins via providers may have been something that was required in the early days when phone networks needed subsidized phones and contract locked customers to survive and grow.

"But now that's not the case anymore. As has been proven in great detail in Europe, separating the phones from the providers is actually a far better solution than the current vendor lock-in we're suffering under now. Also, DRM is one topic we're fighting with increasing frequency, even though it's thankfully dying out...finally."

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