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Open source software competition heats up

Posted: 30 Jun 2010     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:MeeGo  Android  Computex  Linaro  software 

Qt is a kind of UI development framework, consisting of intuitive C++ class library and is transformable across different platforms. Users just need to develop once the applications' user interface and, without having to rewrite the source codes, they can deploy these applications across various PCs and plug-in OS.

Palleja sounded very confident for Qt in the smart mobile and other plug-in areas. "Qt can be applied in any CE type operating systems, Symbian, MeeGo and so on. This is a real open architecture, while all the other so-called open architectures have got their own limitations—they are not really open," he explained.

Palleja holds that with the 40 per cent plus occupation ratio in the mobile market by Symbian, and the basis of over 10 crore Symbian-carrying mobile devices, it will be more advantageous for the company to promote Qt. "Genivi Alliance, which is committed to the promotion of open source codes in the vehicle information & entertainment system, has already adopted several Qt software, and Intel is one of the primary members of Genivi," he said.

The road ahead
Attention from numerous hardware industry players have brought Linux into focus again. However, the road ahead for open-source is still full of uncertainties. Several industry organisations have been floated to form alliances and stimulate open source software with effect until now. Intel and ARM's alliances with many other hardware manufacturers to join in the open source software camp may just give open source the pull it needs to see significant adoption.

Software players like China Standard Software Co. Ltd, DeviceVM, International Syst, Linpus, Mandriva, Pixart, Red Flag, Turbolinux China and VietSoftwar, have announced their plans to issue MeeGo-based operating systems or software.

Many industry organisations are also happy with the chip industry player's participation in open source software camp. According to Jane Silber, CEO of Canonical, Linaro is expected to greatly reduce the schedule for Linux-based consuming devices to the market. With the standardisation of many core software elements, enterprises will be able to focus on the improvement of user experiences from plug-in devices to smart mobiles. According to Morgan Gillis, executive director of LiMo Foundation, Linaro and Limo Foundation have a similar mission and will therefore complement each other.

"This is a great opportunity to promote the mobile computing market to finish its transformation to open source software," said Tom Lantzsch from Linaro. "We are provided with the opportunity to drive a huge market of potentially billions of connected mobile devices."

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