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Backed by Intel, Ubuntu, Google, mobile linux is poised for commercial takeoff in 2008

The momentum behind mobile Linux is accelerating because several communities — and commercial giants — are finally backing it.

Despite earlier efforts from pioneering companies like MontaVista, Lineo and Access, the open source operating system has always taken a back seat to proprietary mobile operating systems such as Nokia-backed Symbian, Microsoft’s Windows Mobile, RIM’s Blackberry and Apple’s MacOSX for the iPhone.

I’ve wondered why. Linux seemed to have all the right ingredients for mobile devices: small footprint, lower power consumption, flexibility and extensibility. Still, year after year, it stumbled.

The mood changed in 2007. Linux had firmly established credibility on the server and desktop and mobile Linux was the next frontier.

Rising star Canonical has said that Ubuntu will support Intel’s MID and Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth has been vocal about the need for Linux backers to cooperate on the mobile front.

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"poised for commercial takeoff in 2008"?!?!

With 15% market share in smartphones, what "takeoff" is it? Linux is mature in this market.

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