Linux-based mobile platform development

cnet is reporting today that four major mobile-phone makers are joining forces to develop a standard, Linux-based platform for their phones and other mobile devices. This is possibly the best tech news I’ve seen recently. With the two heavyweights involved (Motorola and Samsung), this is bound to just blow us all away in a few years. According to the article, Motorola has already shipped more than 5 million Linux-powered telephones and that number continues to grow.

Linux is extremely powerful and versatile, and hopefully, in the not too distant future, the reasons I use Linux as my primary operating system will be the same reason I’m buying a new cell phone – Freedom of Choice. Just imagine if there were hundreds (maybe even thousands) if applications available freely on the Internet for installing to your phone. Let’s just hope more carriers than NTT DoCoMo and Vodafone get on board with this.