"In an attempt to copycat Apple's hardware-plus-software
vertical approach to the mobile market, the Linux industry is
fragmenting fast and risks undermining its best chance for beating
"The mobile Linux market has always had more
variants/distributions than sense, ranging from Google Android to
LiMo to Moblin (now MeeGo) to Bada to WebOS to...you name it.
Whereas Linux has been a rallying force in the enterprise server
market, with diverse competitors and partners collaborating on a
common code base to save costs and boost innovation, in the mobile
market Linux has tended toward entropy.
"Such entropy is about to get worse, even as signs abound that
things should be improving. First, Hewlett-Packard announced its
acquisition of Palm to "double down on WebOS" development and
thereby "compete aggressively in the market with Apple and