Friday, June 15, 2007

Dueling Linux standards

My friend Bill Weinberg sent a link to a Linux Devices column about his work on the Linux Phone Standards (LiPS) Forum.

The column is interesting because it contrasts LiMo with LiPS more clearly than anything I’ve seen before.

Why do we need two standards bodies for embedded Linux for the handset? As with any other case of dueling consortia, it’s due to the egos of the sponsoring companies, in this case Europe’s two largest mobile phone carriers. LiMo is backed by Vodafone and LiPS is backed by Orange.

Would like to comment more, but time spent on blogging is already having a negative impact on my day job.

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