Linux on Mobile Part 1: Reasons Why We Bother

The future that former Nokia CEO (and twice-former Microsoft exec) Stephen Elop alluded to nearly a decade ago has become our reality. The smartphone market has become a two-horse race as far as operating systems go, with Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android pretty much the only noteworthy commercial mobile platforms available. There are, of course, a number of smaller players trying to carve out a niche, most if not all of them pushing for a Linux-based alternative. But in a world where the market winners seem to have already been decided, why are Linux phones even worth mentioning much less supporting. As with most open source endeavors, it really boils down to one thing: freedom.