OSDL Adds New Member as Marketshare for Mobile Linux Continues to Rise

Mobile Linux platform provider a la Mobile joins OSDL

Jul 24, 2006, 01:00 ET from Open Source Development Labs, Inc.

    BEAVERTON, Ore., July 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Open Source Development Labs
 (OSDL), a global consortium dedicated to accelerating the adoption of
 Linux(R) and open source software, today announced that mobile Linux
 platform provider a la Mobile will become an active member in the Labs'
 Mobile Linux Initiative (MLI).
     OSDL membership for a la Mobile comes on the heels of the company's
 recent launch announcement and introduction of an independent Linux systems
 platform for mobile phones. Designed to be readily adaptable to wireless
 handsets, a la Mobile's Convergent Linux Platform enables handset
 manufacturers to bring Linux-based smartphones and full-feature phones to
 market rapidly while reducing development, testing and deployment costs.
     "We look forward to working closely with OSDL and our peers to solve
 common challenges for mobile Linux and benefit vendors' businesses and
 developers' design and integration work," said Pauline Lo Alker, president
 and CEO of a la Mobile. "OSDL membership is a key component for any company
 interested in competing in today's maturing mobile device software market."
     Linux is increasingly becoming the preferred operating system for
 mobile equipment manufacturers such as NEC and Panasonic, among others. The
 Diffusion Group, a research firm focused on the connected consumer,
 forecasts that Linux will surpass SymbianOS marketshare in smartphones by
 2010 with 26.6 percent of the market.
     "The growing use of Linux for mobile devices lowers the barrier of
 entry for providers of packaged solutions for OEMs," said Stuart Cohen, CEO
 of OSDL. "a la Mobile is a great example of a company with the vision to
 see a market opportunity that will continue to pay returns as Linux becomes
 even more pervasive in this space. a la Mobile's participation in the OSDL
 Mobile Linux Initiative will help drive additional adoption of Linux in
 smartphones and mass consumer mobile devices."
     OSDL sponsors industry-wide initiatives focused on Linux in
 telecommunications (Carrier Grade Linux and Mobile Linux), in the
 enterprise data center and on corporate desktops. The Labs also provide
 Linux computing and test facilities in the United States and Japan,
 available to developers around the world.
     About a la Mobile
     a la Mobile, Inc. (www.a-la-mobile.com) is the premier open Linux
 system platform and open source technology provider to the mobile industry.
 Led by President and CEO Pauline Lo Alker, a serial high-tech entrepreneur
 with multiple success track records, the company's veteran executive
 management team includes David Rivas, CTO (former CTO of Consumer Software
 Business Unit (J2ME) at Sun Microsystems) and Francis Yu, SVP Engineering
 (former VP of Device Product Group at Openwave Systems). Founded in 2005, a
 la Mobile is backed by Venrock Associates (www.venrock.com), a top-tier
 venture capital firm in the U.S. with offices in Menlo Park, Boston and New
     About Open Source Development Labs (OSDL)
     OSDL -- sponsor of Linus Torvalds, the creator of the Linux kernel --
 is dedicated to accelerating the growth and adoption of Linux-based
 operating systems in the enterprise. Founded in 2000 and supported by a
 global consortium of major Linux customers and IT industry leaders, OSDL is
 a nonprofit organization that provides state-of-the-art computing and test
 facilities available to developers around the world. With offices in China,
 Europe, Japan and the United States, OSDL sponsors legal and development
 projects to advance open source software as well as initiatives for Linux
 systems in telecommunications, in the data center and on enterprise
 desktops. Visit OSDL on the Web at: http://www.osdl.org/.
     OSDL is a trademark of Open Source Development Labs, Inc. Linux is a
 trademark of Linus Torvalds. Third party marks and brands are the property
 of their respective holders.

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