GNOME pushes open source Linux into mobiles

Nokia, Wolfson Microelectronics, Intel and open source developer Collabora are among the founding members of the GNOME Mobile and Embedded Initiative (GMAE).

The aim of the initiative is to apply the technology used in the open source desktop GNOME project to mobile, handheld and embedded devices.

“GNOME continues to drive the cutting edge of Open Source and Free Software innovation. With the GNOME Mobile & Embedded Initiative, GNOME expands the reach of Software Freedom to new devices, new markets, and new audiences”, said Jeff Waugh, founder of the GNOME Mobile & Embedded Initiative and a director of the GNOME Foundation board. 

“The embedded and mobile markets are adopting open source in general and GNOME in particular at an ever-increasing rate,” commented Philippe Kalaf, director, Collabora. “We predict this will drive forward the open source movement in these areas at even faster pace.”

GNOME is a free-software project aimed at developing a complete desktop for Linux and UNIX-based operating systems. It also includes a complete development environment to create new applications.

Launched at the CELF Embedded Linux Conference 2007 in Santa Clara, GMAE will build on the experience of those using the GNOME platform in the mobile and embedded sector to drive market adoption. 

“Collabora is part of a thriving ecosystem of expert consultancies supporting the GNOME Mobile and Embedded Initiative,” commented Jeff Waugh, founder of GMAE and director of the GNOME Foundation. 

Collabora’s Telepathy real-time communications project is included in the GMAE Platform. Already used in the Nokia N800 Internet Tablet OS 2007 Edition, Telepathy provides a unified framework for all forms of real time conversations, including instant messaging, IRC, voice calls and video calls. It incorporates Farsight, Collabora’s media streaming library.

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