Qualcomm to support Linux

Qualcomm today said it will support Linux on CDMA-based handsets. The company will first support Linux on its MSM 6550 chips, which work on 30 different CDMA handsets. Qualcomm hinted that future chipsets will also support Linux but did not offer any additional details. Qualcomm joins a number of wireless companies which support Linux, including Motorola and NTT DoCoMo. Despite this support, Linux-based handsets do not account for a significant part of the wireless market. IDC predicts that Linux could account for 4.2 percent of the handset OS market by 2006. The smart phone software market is currently dominated by Symbian.

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