OSDL launches initiative for Linux handset platforms

The Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) launched a campaign to improve the Linux platform for mobile phones. The coalition plans to develop better applications, outline requirements for different cell phone uses and host related open-source development projects. The Linux allies look to challenge Microsoft and Symbian for high-end phone platforms but also seek to tailor Linux for lower-end handsets with less operating power. With a recent study predicting 2.8 billion handsets sales in 2009, it's no wonder the 20 OSDL members are looking for a piece of the pie. The Linux coalition includes long-time supporter Intel and embedded operating system companies MontaVista Software, Wind River Systems and PalmSource. Intel has traditionally funded Linux for PCs and servers where its chips are widely used, and PalmSource is a recent convert to the Linux platform.

For more on the Linux coalition's plans:
- take a look at this piece from CNET