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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