Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 29th Jun 2006 01:33 UTC
Linux Linux has one, last, chance to become the No1 OS in a particular consumer-oriented market (not counting servers): the mobile phone market. The open nature and yes, the hype around Linux has made lots of mobile-oriented companies to consider using Linux for their next-generation cellphones. But there is a major problem on the way to success, a problem which is created not by Linux itself, but by the greed and close-mindness of these same companies that endorse Linux.
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RE[2]: But wait, there's more
by achates on Thu 29th Jun 2006 23:17 UTC in reply to "RE: But wait, there's more"
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And Vodafone, and Orange, and France Telecom, and... Basically, all the majors would like to be able to tailor their handsets to their branding and apply the same changes to handsets from different vendors (the vendors, of course, call this commoditization and aren't happy about it).

Add-on software is very important if you want to sell into enterprise customers or support add-on services, which, again, the carriers want to form and the vendors also want to form.

And, there are lots of interesting technologies growing on Linux bases. VOIP is an example, instant messaging, browsers, SVG graphics, etc. At least some of the vendors believe that Linux will be a more fertile ground than, say, Symbian for such innovations.

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