Mobile Linux standards group formed

A group of carriers and software developers, including PalmSource and France Telecom, plan to launch an initiative in mid-November to standardize the applications layer of Linux-based mobile devices. The group will be called the Linux Phone Standardization Forum (LiPS). LiPS members said the group hopes to complement the work of the Mobile Linux Initiative, a group launched by Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) in October.

The Mobile Linux Initiative is working to ensure that Linux phones manage power and memory more efficiently. LiPS invited OSDL to its initial information sessions in Paris and Beijing. Linux-based mobile phones are most popular in China, where Motorola has sold over 3 million Linux handsets. Linux proponents say the open-source OS can help phone makers reduce costs and better support today's phones, which carry a larger number of functions.

For more on the LiPS coalition:
- take a look at this article from IDG News