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[News] Google Explains Why It Chose Linux for Phones, Opera Mini Gains Popularity

  • Subject: [News] Google Explains Why It Chose Linux for Phones, Opera Mini Gains Popularity
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 22 Nov 2007 23:38:22 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
Android maker talks mashups and mobiles

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| Why did you pick Linux as the foundation for Android?
| One of the advantages of Linux is, it's a pretty prevalent operating system. 
| The portion of Linux that we use for Android is just the kernel portion, and 
| the benefit of kernel, of course, is that it's been already ported to all the 
| varieties of semiconductors that run in [mobile] phones.   


Opera Mini 4: a million downloads in ten days

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| The Norwegian company announced on Thursday that the browser had been 
| downloaded one million times in the first ten days since its release on 7 
| November. "The people have spoken: Opera is now the browser of choice," said 
| Opera CEO Jon von Tetzchner.   



Google is becoming a computer systems company

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| But, however the general trend plays out, it's clear that Google is 
| increasingly going its own way. It already extensively customizes Linux and 
| other open-source software for its internal use.  


Google spending hundreds of millions on mobile

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| Anian, a Reuters company that tracks industry trends for institutional 
| investors, reported last month that Google had engaged Taiwan's High Tech 
| Computer Corpto design a Linux 
| software-based phone for launch in the first quarter of 2008.   


HTC to make first Android handset

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| Taiwanese mobile-handset manufacturer HTC announced Tuesday that it will 
| release its first Android-powered device into the European market in the 
| second half of 2008.  


Linux Sees 'Astronomic' Growth in Mobile Devices

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| "We were very aware that the growth in mobile for Linux was huge, but we 
| didn't know it was so astronomic," Amanda McPherson, marketing director for 
| the Linux Foundation, told LinuxInsider. "These are very encouraging 
| numbers." Why Linux has drawn significant support from the community of 
| handset manufacturers can be explained on several fronts, McPherson said.    


Funambol CEO Fabrizio Capobianco: Linux Is Mobile's Future

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| LinuxInsider met with Capobianco to discuss his view on the role of open 
| source in creating Mobile 2.0 as a voice and data carrier parallel to the 
| Internet. The meeting occurred in the wake of Google's announcement earlier 
| this month that it was negotiating with wireless carriers, handset makers, 
| software developers and hardware providers to use an open source mobile 
| platform, Android.     


What Android means for Apple, MS, open source, enterprises

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| The GPhone never happened, but Android is a much more significant development
| [...]
| A better approach, argues Dan Kohn, COO of the Linux Foundation, is to pick 
| one set of standards that IT will support for calendaring, email 
| applications, VPN and so on, and tell users they can use any mobile phone 
| compatible with those standards.   
| [...]
| What Android means for open source and Linux
| Linux already has a major presence on mobile phones, but the entrance of 
| Google and the Open Handset Alliance — which has 34 member organisations 
| worldwide — adds to the momentum.  
| "We're a huge believer in diversity of options on mobile phones," Kohn of the 
| Linux Foundation says. "Linux is already an important, growing presence 
| there. I think having the Google software as an additional open source option 
| is only going to accelerate that adoption."   


After the Desktop -- What?

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| I would suggest that the open source community should stop obsessing
| with the battle for the desktop, and start focusing on the battle for
| the platform that will replace it. As I have said before, the day
| will soon come when the notion of having to go to a particular 
| machine on a particular room every time you need access to
| information or computer power will be as obsolete as the notion
| of having to go to the hand pump over the well in the front
| yard every time you need water.


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