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Linux is evolving towards mobile According to an article published yesterday by the BBC, is underway to develop a version of the Ubuntu operating system for mobile phones and devices with Internet access. The development made the Ubuntu community members, along with staff from Intel. The Ubuntu Mobile and Embedded project seeks to make the initial release of the open source platform in October 2007. According to the Ubuntu CTO Matt Zimmerman, are the new portable devices-phones, PDAs, tablet PCs, etc. – With Internet access that pose new demands for open source software with innovative graphical interfaces and better reception and energy management. In fact, some companies, like Nokia, are already using open source technologies in some of their products. Ubuntu, which is already popular on laptops and desktop computers, is based on Linux and, unlike Microsoft, which gets money from the licensing and use of their products, the Linux code is free and open. Therefore, anyone can modify or develop applications for it, leading to different operating systems or distributions, all based on Linux. The agreement with Intel to develop this mobile operating system is just one of those who have signed with major technology companies worldwide. In April this year, for example, Ubuntu announced an agreement with Dell, the second-largest maker of PCs in the world, to offer some of its computers with Ubuntu preinstalled operating system. According to Zimmerman: "Intel is making significant contributions to technology, personnel and expertise to the project." The Intel CEO Otellini Pul, has recently exhibited a prototype of the mobile platform with this system Ubuntu. Intel, who also want a piece of the growing market for mobile devices with Internet access, has already backed another open source project previously known as GNOME Mobile & Embedded Initiative (GMAE) for the development of applications for these devices. The company has also announced plans to make a tiny low-power chip designed specifically for laptops and mobile devices. According to sources at Intel, the chip, called Silverthorn, have one-seventh the size of conventional processors and consumes only 10% of the energy required by them. The new platform also Ubuntu maximize energy efficiency by offering a graphical interface designed specifically for the small screen. The final version is scheduled for October this year. Source: BBC.

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