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Partners aim to standardize Linux phone development

Sep 18, 2007 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

At the Open Source in Mobile (OSiM) tradeshow this week in Madrid, Wind River announced plans to partner with phone software and services provider Celunite. The companies will work through the LiMo Foundation to integrate Celunite's “mobile Linux platform, applications suite, and development tools” with Wind River's kernel and tools, they said.

Last month, Celunite and Wind River both joined LiMO, an industry group building a common software stack for Linux-based mobile phones. Both companies are “Core” LiMO members entitled to board representation in the organization, which is led by former Symbian VP of Sales Morgan Gillis, and boasts a veritable who's who of phone makers and mobile carriers among its membership.

Celunite is a start-up based in California's Silicon Valley, with development labs in Pune, India. It is about a year old, having been launched at last year's Open Source in Mobile (OSiM) conference.

Wind River's mobile phone OS is its Platform for Consumer Devices — Linux Edition (PCD-LE), which also targets telematics devices and consumer gadgets. The stack is currently based on a 2.6.14 kernel, with a bump to 2.6.21 due in December. PCD-LE supports ARM, XScale, and MIPS, and Wind River recently worked with TI on OMAP support as well.

Wind River competitor MontaVista, an early leader in supplying Linux kernels to phone makers, is also a LiMO Foundation member, but only at the “Associate” level.

John Bruggeman, CMO at Wind River, stated, “Creating a mobile Linux development environment that tightly incorporates commercial Linux with a next-generation mobile phone platform is valuable to both the LiMo Foundation's members and the larger mobile development community.”

Mahesh Veerina, CEO at Celunite, added, “Our alliance creates a big step for standardized mobile development. Together our companies will offer a reliable, comprehensive Linux platform, applications, tools, and mobile Linux engineering services with worldwide support.”

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