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LinuxToday.com.au: Linux Proliferation Promising More Open Future for Wireless Apps

Aug 11, 2000, 09:18 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Underscoring the strength of the Linux movement into this space, last week telecommunications giant Ericsson joined forces with Red Hat - which has long positioned itself as the most visible figurehead of the commercial Linux movement - to develop a range of home-focused consumer products. Red Hat will provide the services of its worldwide professional development team, helping Ericsson refine Linux as a development platform for a new generation of mobile phones, handheld devices and single-purpose appliances such as Internet terminals."

"The project could have striking repercussions on the mobile phone industry, where proprietary operating environments have long had the walk of the roost. Working with Red Hat, however, will help Ericsson develop a standardised set of application programming interfaces that should simplify the process of developing third-party applications for its phones. The inevitable similar efforts by other vendors could facilitate interoperability between devices, leading to a wealth of innovation as independent software developers target the massive mobile phone market as a major new target platform for applications."

"By providing a portable code base that runs much the same code on a mobile phone, portable computer, desktop PC, server and mainframe, the project with Ericsson could help enable cross-platform development in a way that the Java programming language has failed to do, says Mark White, vice president and general manager of Red Hat Asia-Pacific."

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