"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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