News highlights ARM, Freescale, IBM, Samsung, ST-Ericsson and Texas Instruments have created the not-for-profit company, Linaro, committed to providing new resources and industry alignment for open source software developers using Linux on the world’s most sophisticated semiconductor System-on-Chips (SoCs). Linaro will invest resources in open source projects that can then be used by Linux-based distributions such as Android, LiMo, MeeGo, Ubuntu and webOS. Linaro will provide a stable and optimized base for distributions and developers by creating new releases of optimized tools, kernel and middleware software validated for a wide range of SoCs, every six months. Linaro’s base of software and tools will be applicable to a wide range of markets, helping reduce time-to-market for products such as smart phones, tablets, digital televisions, automotive entertainment and enterprise equipment. Linaro’s first software and tools release is due out in November 2010, and will provide optimizations for the latest range of ARM® CortexTM-A family of processors.
Wow that's a conglomerate for sure. You definitely would not see several of these players working together, especially with IBM! Well lets hope strange bedfellows make pretty babies lol. This kind of goes along the lines of what I have been talking about specifically with the I wonder if M$ is starting to worry a litte bit.
With major players like these embracing Linux in the mobile hardware/software space I can see some great things. I think Big Bill needs to get back on board at M$ like his old crony Steve Job's has done. I say this because I don't see M$ current leadership really doing much at all. Mister Gates and mister Job's to a large part made this digital world because they were (and 1 still is) pushing the boundaries.
While the other is bouncing around the globe trying to give away as much money as possible (sounds like some major guilt complex to me), while his company employees, and therefore to a large part lowers the living standards of third world countries.
The main point here is Apple to a large part runs on an OS that basically is a form of Linux because it is a customized UNIX shell. Where as almost every mobile device runs on (Android, Meego, symbian, Limo, Ubuntu Mobile, Web OS) some form of Linux. Having a communal basis for it, and M$ basically eating from the bottom of the pile with there Smart Phones/Netbook OS's etc for a few years now, I can see them going out.
This is especially true when you consider things like the 3G/4G EVO (oft called the iPhone killer) hitting the market today. The speeds (webwise), and capabilities brought to your hand by the hardware is almost entirely astounding. This unit is also the first 4G capable device available in the US period, and runs Android!
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