Intel to assist mobile Linux developers

By   |  July 17, 2007

Global chip making giant Intel has launched the Mobile and Internet Linux Project website in an effort to assist mobile Linux development.

The site consolidates a number of new and existing Intel projects to improve the Linux kernel and other open source components for mobile devices.

"We see this as the technology incubator for a lot of things that are going to be productised in three years," said Dirk Hohndel, Intel’s chief Linux and open source technologist.

"My internal funding shows that top management is taking this seriously," Hohndel told CNet.

To assist developers Intel will host source code and tools such as mailing lists, but it won’t actually produce a Linux distribution for mobile devices.

CNet reports that among the projects are efforts to improve power management, user interfaces, use of wireless networks, web browsing, chatting, and one of the thorniest subjects, software development for mobile devices.

Intel is also hoping to draw in programming help from outside its own company, and already two Linux companies have signed up. These are Ubuntu backer Canonical and Red Flag Linux in China.

Linux for mobile devices, particularly phones, has been been met with a lukewarm reception in the past even though most analysts are predicting that mobile Linux is a growth market. Previous efforts to create mainstream Linux-based devices include the Nokia 770 and N800 and the Palm Foleo.

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