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Linux Organizations Unite to Fend Off Open Source Rivals

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Jun 26, 2008, 8:33 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

The Linux Phone Standards (LiPS) Forum has decided to join forces with the LiMo Foundation, and will fold all its activities into LiMo starting in July. The two organizations, both of which are promoting Linux on mobile handsets, will be able to pool resources and hope to concentrate efforts on creating a standard mobile Linux operating system for phones. Any platform created by the new cooperative faces competition from Google's Android platform and the newly-formed Symbian Foundation, both of which will have open source operating systems at their core.

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Jun 26, 2008, 10:08 AM

Looks to me like things are going to get very, very interesting in a short period of time. . .

With all these open source OS's I predict this will accelorate how common proggrammers and codes will become in society.

And even though Microsoft has a large chunk of the smartphone market it's mostly corporate. Not necessarily the average consumer market.

I also predict that as we creep closer to 2012 and each of these open source OS's become more common place that Microsoft will be scrambling to figure out how to respond.

Well, those are my thoughts.
Corporate is where the money's at. I'm pretty sure Microsoft isn't worried about their consumer portfolio in that regard. People will always use Microsoft because the average consumer is "comfortable" with it.

It's going to take a while for the a...
Microsoft has a large share of the smartphone market? Really? As of the end of 2007, they had a whopping 12% of the market. Granted, that is good enough for second place behind Symbian (which had 65% market share as of end of Q407) but it's virtual...
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