LiMo Foundation

limo.gifLiMo Foundation is (yet another) new mobile Linux initiative…
 
"Motorola, NEC, NTT DoCoMo, Panasonic Mobile Communications, Samsung Electronics, and Vodafone established the LiMo Foundation to develop the Foundation Platform, a Linux-based, open mobile communication device software platform.

A world-class Linux-based platform aims to provide key benefits for the mobile industry including lower development costs, increased flexibility, and a richer mobile ecosystem"

Information on the LiMo site indicates that there’s to be a ‘LiMo Platform’ made up of existing open source software, LiMo software that has been contributed by members and proprietary software (to be licensed by implementers). Only members will have access to the platform but anyone can join (provided they can afford and pay the fees). Application developers won’t have to be members – they will just use SDKs provided by the terminal vendors.

Hidden at the end of the Bylaws document is a diagram which shows the scope of LiMo…

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It’s all interesting stuff which, as their logo (above) illustrates, will rely on open collaboration and contribution – something that the mobile industry isn’t very good at.