Motorola, NEC, NTT DoCoMo, Panasonic Mobile Communications, Samsung Electronics, and Vodafone have announced plans to establish a global, open Linux-based software platform for mobile devices. Among the touted benefits of such a platform are lower development costs, increased flexibility and a richer mobile ecosystem.
With so many cooks in the proverbial kitchen, an independent foundation will be formed to steer development through an open and transparent process. The foundation will also focus on ensuring that there is as little fragmentation as possible (do we really need another 3 or 4 versions of Linux?), getting participation from device manufacturers, operators and others and develop a mobile Linux developer ecosystem for community-based development activities.
No timelines on when we could see this new Linux platform were provided.
Source: Pocket PC Thoughts