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Mobile stack vendor to host developer day

Jul 11, 2008 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 2 views

Access will host an event for embedded Linux developers on August 5th, during the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo in San Francisco. The Japanese vendor of mobile software will focus the sessions on building Access Linux Platform (ALP) applications using open source tools, says the company.

Access Developer Day will be held the day before Wind River's Developer Day during IDG World Expo's LinuxWorld, which runs from August 4-7. Sessions will provide tips for working with the ALP Development Suite, a toolset based on the Eclipse IDE (integrated development environment) and the Glade UI designer.

Highlighted sessions at the Access Developer Day include:

  • Access development technologies and ALP overview
  • Development tools for native apps
  • Lunchtime Lab: Testing Garnet OS/Java/ALP apps
  • Keynote: Access developer business and funding opportunities
  • Building an ALP native app
  • Advanced ALP programming with Hiker

Access Linux Platform (ALP) architecture
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In April Access announced that it had begun adapting its Linux-based mobile phone stack to work with Japanese mobile phone leader NTT DoCoMo's 3G network. DoCoMo will begin distributing 3G FOMA phones based on ALP in the second half of 2009, Access said. European carrier Orange has also approved ALP as a supported OS on its 3G network.

Access and Orange were both founding members of the Linux Phone Standards (LiPS) group, but in February joined the LiMo Foundation, where NTT DoCoMo was already a member. Recently, LiPS announced it was folding its Linux mobile phone specification into the somewhat similar LiMo effort. Access is a key member of the LiMo software development kit (SDK) effort, working on a “Native SDK” that will be part of the full LiMo SDK due to ship this Fall along with LiMo Platform Release 2.

Access is also known for its NetFront lightweight browser, which is built into the Amazon Kindle eBook reader. The company's new NetFront Browser Widgets are said to provide one-click access to personalized web content.

Access is a Platinum sponsor of the LinuxWorld conference, and is also a Platinum sponsor of the Mobile Linux Conference, which runs concurrently with LinuxWorld, and which includes an Embedded Linux track. LinuxWorld is also featuring a “Linux Garage” that will showcase “the latest and coolest gadgets based on embedded Linux.”


The Access Developer Day on August 5th is available for free for attendees with a LinuxWorld Passport Pass, three-day pass, one-day pass, or Mobile Linux Conference package. More information, including registration for the Mobile Linux Conference and LinuxWorld may be found here.

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