"With its offer of free source code to the Linux community,
Axis Communications has opened the world of Linux to mobile
applications using Bluetooth, a technology for wireless
communications between mobile phones and other portable devices.
Since the software was recently made available for download, tens
of thousands of developers have accessed the Axis Developer site
(http://developer.axis.com). In the
spirit of open source, Axis plans to publish improvements made by
both the development community and Axis for the benefit of
"Bluetooth enables low-cost, wireless communication and
networking in a very small form factor. The industry-lead Bluetooth
consortium, made up of more than 1,500 companies, estimates that by
the end of 2001, Bluetooth technology will be in more than 100
million mobile phones, and millions of PCs, laptop computers, and
handheld devices. Many in the industry view the embedded computer
market as the next frontier for Linux. The OS is well suited for
emerging devices because it is inexpensive, stable and requires a
minimum of system resources. The market potential is significant.
Although info appliances are in their infancy today, industry
analysts expect them to outnumber PC's by 2005. "Bluetooth will
provide wireless connectivity among a wide range of portable and
stationary devices," said Joyce Putscher, Director of In-Stat's
Converging Markets & Technologies Group. "Linux will clearly be
a rising factor in the Internet Appliance (IA) arena, and IAs
represent just one of the interesting markets that will take
advantage of Bluetooth.""
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