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Motorola joins with mobile Linux focus

Jun 22, 2006 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

Motorola has joined the Eclipse Foundation at the highest level, and will participate in the Device Software Development Platform (DSDP) project founded by Wind River. Motorola will also hold a seat on the board, and participate in the organization's Architecture, Requirements, and Planning councils.

Motorola says it plans to propose a “Tools for mobile Linux” (TmL) project within's top-level DSDP framework. TmL will provide “extensible frameworks and exemplary tools for the development of C++ applications targeting mobile devices,” Motorola says. The company says it will contribute “software, engineering resources, and its mobile expertise ” in order to realize a “comprehensive development environment for mobile Linux platforms.”

Christy Wyatt, VP of ecosystem development at Motorola, stated, “With the support of the Eclipse community, Motorola hopes to drive frameworks and tools to support all phases of the application lifecycle for developers creating and deploying C/C++ applications targeting mobile Linux platforms. Over time, we hope the Eclipse TmL project will provide a home for mobile Linux extensions across a wide range of existing and future Eclipse projects.”

Mike Milinkovich, executive director of the Eclipse Foundation, stated, “[We will] merge [Motorola's] wireless expertise with our technology platforms to create a seamless offering for the Mobile Linux developer community.”

The DSDP project was originally proposed by Wind River in March, 2005, and was accepted by the community in May of last year. Eclipse representatives previewed several DSDP projects and outlined the DSDP roadmap at the Embedded Systems Conference in April of this year.

Motorola earlier this week announced plans to participate in a joint effort with Panasonic, NEC, DoCoMo, and others to standardize Linux for mobile phones.

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