Feeds

LiPS synchs with OMA on mobile Linux

Pucker move

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

The confusing world of standards for mobile versions of Linux became a little less confusing last week with a declaration of "alignment" between two key players.

The Linux Phone Standards (LiPS) Forum and the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) announced "a formal liaison and framework for cooperation" at the Open Source in Mobile (OSiM) conference in Madrid.

The move will mean that LiPS will align development of its standards specifications within OMA's. Future versions of the LiPS 1.0 specification will include application program interfaces (APIs) to develop middleware services based "principally" on the OMA specifications. Device management, data synchronisation, instant messaging and presence, MMS and browsing are among the areas covered.

It is not before time. ABI Research recently forecast that Linux would come to dominate the market for smart mobile devices with a 31 per cent share by 2012.

Rumors that Google's so-called G-phone, expected in spring 2008, will use Linux could also provide a boost to the platform.

But so far the fragmented nature of mobile Linux standards efforts and the confusing array of "forums" and other bodies involved in creating a workable standard has undoubtedly held Linux back. The result is a plethora of overlapping and sometimes contradictory standards, leaving the market to proprietary rival platforms such as Microsoft Windows and Symbian.

The Linux Foundation - created in January 2007 from the merger of the Open Software Development Labs (ODSL) and the Free Software Foundation - acts as a sort of clearing house for the standards effort with its Mobile Linux Initiative (MLI).

In addition to the LiPS Forum, this brings together a long list of organisations such as CE Linux, Gnome Mobile, the LiMO Foundation, Ubuntu Mobile and Mobile and Internet Linux. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Euro Parliament VOTES to BREAK UP GOOGLE. Er, OK then
It CANNA do it, captain.They DON'T have the POWER!
Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked
Attack of the Clones? Yeah, but much, much scarier – report
NSA SOURCE CODE LEAK: Information slurp tools to appear online
Now you can run your own intelligence agency
Post-Microsoft, post-PC programming: The portable REVOLUTION
Code jockeys: count up and grab your fabulous tablets
Twitter App Graph exposes smartphone spyware feature
You don't want everyone to compile app lists from your fondleware? BAD LUCK
Microsoft adds video offering to Office 365. Oh NOES, you'll need Adobe Flash
Lovely presentations... but not on your Flash-hating mobe
prev story

Whitepapers

10 ways wire data helps conquer IT complexity
IT teams can automatically detect problems across the IT environment, spot data theft, select unique pieces of transaction payloads to send to a data source, and more.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
How to determine if cloud backup is right for your servers
Two key factors, technical feasibility and TCO economics, that backup and IT operations managers should consider when assessing cloud backup.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.