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Opinion: Mobile Linux is not about free software

Sep 25, 2007 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive

This guest column posits six causes for Linux's meteoric rise in popularity among handset manufacturers. Author Andreas Constantinou, founder of a market research firm, discounts widely accepted truisms like customizability and developer preference for source code access, instead fingering pragmatic factors he says are unrelated to Linux's “free” qualities.

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Factors identified by Constantinou include:

  • Reduced cost and time-to-market
  • Wider choice
  • Strategic control
  • Scalability
  • Quality
  • Innovation

Find out how Constantinou backs up each point by reading his complete guest column, Mobile Linux is not about free software. here at

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