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Opening up in Barcelona

Jan 22, 2009 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

Mobile veteran Jason Whitmire (pictured) has written an editorial previewing the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Whitmire, who is Wind River's GM of Mobile Solutions, says the show will be more Linux- and open-source flavored than ever, with LiMo, Android, and Moblin all vying for attention.

The 13-year-old Mobile World Congress, running from February 16-19 in its usual Barcelona location, has gone through major changes in recent years, writes Whitmire, with Linux and open source solutions emerging from the background in a big way last year. This time around, open source technology will be “topic Number 1” for mobile operators, who will be schmoozing, buying, selling, and exploring at the show.

Among Whitmire's other projections for the show:

  • Chipset manufacturers will continue to rapidly embrace open source stacks (Android, Limo, Moblin), as service providers send downstream requirements that reward pre-optimized hardware-software combinations.
  • As memory and CPU constraints disappear, open source will allow mobile devices to become true application servers, not just smart mobile phones.

  • Fragmentation in mobile device software is out, shared core software platforms are in.

Click the link below to read the full editorial:

Operators return to Barcelona, (this time) armed with Open Source

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