Open Source Development Labs (OSDL), a global consortium dedicated to accelerating the adoption of Linux and open source software, 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 which would enable handset manufacturers to bring Linux-based smartphones and full-feature phones to market rapidly while reducing development, testing and deployment costs.
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.
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.