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The Mobile Linux Initiative at OSDL - page 2

Introduction

  • April 2, 2006
  • By Ibrahim Haddad

During the first face to face meeting of the initiative, the MLI members has set six key goals that the initiative will target. These goals are the following:

  1. Identify and address technical and non-technical industry requirements. The MLI membership aims to identify the key technical industry requirements and address them to facilitate the process of building Linux based mobile phones. However, because not all challenges or requirements are technical, the initiative will also identify and address non-technical challenges. Both identified technical and non-technical focus areas are presented in a later section.
  2. Create and foster implementations in open source: Once the technical requirements are addressed and agreed upon, the next step is to create open source projects to provide implementations for the technical areas. If there exist open source projects that look at the same technical challenges, then the MLI membership will contribute to these projects.
  3. Advocate the industry needs to the kernel and open source community: The Linux kernel requirements on the handsets differ from those on the desktop and data center. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the MLI membership to explain to the kernel community in specific, and the open source community in general, its needs and why certain capabilities are required to be available in the Linux kernel.
  4. Promote mobile Linux: This type of advocacy is important because MLI wants to show and highlight the goodness of Linux on the mobile handsets. This activity includes talking to Carriers and Operators and passing to them the education about the benefits of open source and the benefits of running Linux on the handset device.
  5. Clarify legal and regulatory issues surrounding mobile phones: The MLI will start this activity with the goal to clarify the legal and regulatory issues related to Linux and open source software running on mobile handsets.
  6. Enable and foster pre-platform developer ecosystem: This activity aims to create and enhance the developer community of Linux, and enable aftermarket development and ISVs.
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