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Are Microsoft's Mobile Dreams being smashed on Linux Anvil?

The real winner: mobile and embedded Linux

http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post...h-in-2008.html


Although we have established that this probably isn't going to be the fabled Year of the Linux Desktop, the prospects for growth of Linux adoption in the mobile and embedded space are significantly more promising. According to the Canalys report on Q2 2007 market share, Linux holds 13.3 percent of the global smartphone market, which puts it ahead of the Windows, BlackBerry, and Palm operating systems. In China, where the smartphone market is huge and growing at an extremely rapid pace, Linux is used on 30 percent of all smartphone handsets.

Motorola, which has already sold over 9 million Linux-based handsets, expects as much as 60 percent of its phone lineup to be Linux-based within the next few years. The company's recently released MOTOMAGX Linux platform is now also being used in North America as well as Asia. New Linux-based platforms are also being developed by the LiMo and LiPS coalitions, which are comprised of virtually every major player in the mobile handset market. Access is also retiring the Palm operating system in favor of the Access Linux Platform. There are also some unique entrants in the Linux smartphone market, like FIC's Neo1973.

Another contributor to Linux smartphone growth this year will be Google's Linux-based Android mobile phone operating system. Although the Android development kit needs some work, major handset makers like HTC are already developing products for Android and Google's Open Handset Alliance has attracted many big names.

Mobile phones are only part of the picture. Intel is deeply committed to Linux for its new Mobile Internet Device platform, and Nokia is using Linux on its Internet Tablet devices. There are also the education laptops like the Classmate PC and the OLPC XO that will bring the open source operating system to hundreds of thousands of students in developing countries this year. Finally, there are a multitude of popular Linux-based set-top boxes and special-purpose mobile devices—like the TiVo, Neuros OSD, and Amazon Kindle—that surreptitiously bring Linux to a mainstream audience.
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