Mobile Linux software platform formed by six telecom giants

January 26, 2007 by techbuzz | Leave a Comment
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Six giant telecommunications companies have agreed to share a common platform named the Foundation, which has been formed as a non-profit organization with the intention of making a common mobile Linux software platform. These six big shots of the cellular telephony are: Motorola, NEC, NTT DoCoMo, Panasonic Mobile Communications, Samsung Electronics, and Vodafone. The idea was, however pioneered by Motorola. The goal of the LiMo Foundation is to create single Linux-based software platform for mobile devices.

The LiMo Foundation will comprise of a 13 member Board of Directors. Greg Besio of Motorola will function as the Chairman of this foundation while the Vice Chairman of it will be Kiyohito Nagata of NTT DoCoMo. The Board of Directors will be meeting four times a year.

Two new licenses for contributed codes have also been developed by the LiMo Foundation, which includes FPL (Common Capable) license and FPL (Non-Common Capable) license. However, it needs mention that all the codes will not be available to all and sundry. This new foundation has been made open to any individual or enterprise. This Linux software platform is working towards slashing the cost of mobiles and to increase the functions in the mobile sets. The annual fees fixed for the individual and companies ranges between $40,000 and $800,000.

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