October 19, 2004
Montavista claims real time support for Linux mobile
In the cellphone world, Linux has been caught uncomfortably between two worlds. It is not as high level as SymbianOS or Windows Mobile, requiring significant work by handset makers to provide a full application downloading platform; but it lacks the full real time support of the proprietary, native cellphone operating systems. Now MontaVista Software, the main distributor of phone-specific Linux, claims to have overcome the latter problem, potentially making the open source OS a mainstream platform for midrange and low end cellphones, as well as many other embedded devices.