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China and the Year of the GNU/Linux Desktop

Jul 21, 2010, 17:39 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Glyn Mody)

"It's an old joke by now that this year will be the year of the GNU/Linux desktop – just like last year, and the year before that. But now there's a new twist: that this year will be the year of the GNU/Linux smartphone – with the difference that it's really happening.

"That's mainly being driven by the huge success of the Linux-based Android system, but it's not the only open source system here. There's also webOS and MeeGo, both of which have their loyal fans. What that means is that whichever of these takes off, the open source world will benefit.

"Although some might complain that we already have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to open source mobile operating systems, it seems that we might be getting another one:"

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