Linux Goes Walkabout

“While Canadian telcos are still dragging their feet in
following the U.S. example of making cellphone data fees more
competitive, the U.S. telcos are about to scratch each other’s eyes
out after the arrival of Linux-based handsets.

“There have been a couple of Linux-based cellphones before,
notably one created by Trolltech, which was bought by Nokia. The
Openmoko Neo Freerunner, however, much delayed but now due to be
released in April or May, is currently the only cellphone covered
by the Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 licence, which
covers ‘free’ software. And now Openmoko is raising the ante not
only by offering a free operating system and software, but is its
handset design as well. Openmoko has posted the computer design
(CAD) files on its website and people are invited to muck about
with them to make personalized cases…”

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