Here we go again. A gaggle of powerful players in the mobile phone ecosystem have banded together to push Linux development for mobile and embedded systems even harder. This time, IBM
The not-for-profit Linaro project is meant to optimize critical Linux components for system-on-a-chip architectures, which include TI's OMAP processors and a long line of Samsung chips. Linaro expects other firms to join the effort over time, and so do I. When ARM-based designs like OMAP get special attention from a consortium of industry leaders, it only makes sense for Qualcomm
The work done by Linaro will be passed on to the larger body of Linux development, and eventually filter down into Google
All of these environments will end up faster, more stable, and less bug-ridden thanks to this project, so it's a good thing for the whole industry. Well, except for the mobile innovators who don't use Linux, of course. Yeah, there are a few non-Linux smartphones out there today.
Even there, improving the Linux-based competition from one end to the other should push the remainder of the industry to greater efforts, lest they should get tagged as Luddites or bug-peddlers. When you extend these mobile systems to new markets like in-car entertainment systems, TV-centric products, and tablet computers, you can see that we're talking about a huge industry, here. Innovation races on apace, securing rivers of future profits across the handset, chip-design, and software sectors alike.