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[News] Free Software in Smartphones Becomes Dominant

  • Subject: [News] Free Software in Smartphones Becomes Dominant
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 28 Oct 2009 07:20:20 +0000
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The quest for a truly open smartphone: can it be done?

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| Although a growing number of smartphone 
| makers are embracing Linux and open source 
| software, the dream of a fully open phone 
| remains elusive. Advocates of software 
| freedom are looking for solutions.


A sheep on a unicycle

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| Symbian, one of the oldest of old school 
| mobile institutions, has seen some changes 
| of late. Thereâs an open source bandwagon 
| rolling through the industry and Symbianâs 
| on it along with Google, the Open Handset 
| Alliance, LiMo and the many other flavours 
| of Linux. But Symbianâs taken the whole open 
| source thing to [its big yellow] heart, 
| shifting from a for-profit venture to a not-
| for-profit organisation, along with a whole 
| new touchy-feely brand.


Symbian looks for open source, Qt boost

,----[ Quote ]
| Symbian, the world's most popular smartphone 
| operating system, is betting on giving its 
| software free to developers and on including 
| "Qt" technology in its system to stem its 
| loss of market share.



Hands On Nokia N900 smartphone demo

,----[ Quote ]
| We managed to get a little quality time with the
| Nokia N900 smartphone running Maemo and Linux. This
| smartphone, sporting killer specs and 3G HSDPA for T-
| Mobile US and Europe should begin shipping in the
| next few weeks. Notice how quick the device is when
| switching between desktop screens and applications--
| the multitasking is very impressive thanks to 256
| megs of RAM and virtual memory that brings it up to 1
| gig of application RAM.

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