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Jan 09, 2003, 01:00 (2 Talkback[s])
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"The Linux operating system has made the jump from computer servers to handheld computers, digital video recorders, and wristwatches and soon may find a home inside your cellular telephone.

"NEC said Wednesday it is working on the development of Linux-based cell phones with MontaVista Software, and an executive of the Sunnyvale, California, software company said it is in talks with other major cellular handset makers on similar projects.

"Work to investigate the use of Linux in cellular telephones started in the final quarter of 2002, said Akiko Shikimori, a spokesperson for Tokyo's NEC. The company is looking to use the operating system in handsets for global markets, according to an NEC executive quoted in a MontaVista press release although Shikimori said the company is still investigating the use of Linux and has not yet begun designing its first handset based on the operating system..."

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