Mobile IP SIG: State of Linux on Mobile Devices



  • The Monthly Meeting of the Mobile IP SIG


    Presentation Overview

    State of Linux on Mobile Devices

    Linux is fast emerging as a major platform for the next-generation phones. In 2005, 10-15 million Linux-based phones were shipped in the Asian marketplace alone, with almost two dozen models from both top brands (i.e. Motorola) as well as mid tier OEMs. In the fastest growing smart phone segment, Linux has almost 25% of the market handset OS share.

    All of the technical and economic benefits that Linux ‘prospectively’ offers mobile device OEMs, Linux phones still account today for less than 5% of the total market. In this meeting, we’ll have an opportunity to explore the early success of Linux on mobile phone, and the possible barriers to wider adoption.

    Kicking the meeting off, Bill Weinberg from the association OSDL will share with us the overall environment for Linux on mobile phones - the key players, their motivations and challenges, from both technical and non-technical stand point. Second, TrollTech’s CTO Benoit Schilling and Access Systems (browser company for NTT DoCoMo) Lead Scientist John Ostrem, two Silicon Valley based leading global companies, will discuss how they are advancing & distributing Linux on mobile phones, domestically and internationally.


    Presenter Bios:

    BILL WEINBERG, Evangelist, OSDL

    Bill Weinberg brings over 18 years open systems, embedded, and other IT experience to his role as Open Source Architecture Specialist and Linux Evangelist at the Open Source Development Labs, where he participates in OSDL initiatives for Carrier-Grade, Data Center and Desktop Linux. Prior to the OSDL, Bill was a founding team-member at MontaVista Software, and helped establish Linux as a favored platform for next-generation intelligent device development. In his extensive and varied career, Bill also worked at Lynx Real-Time Systems, Acer Computer, and Microtec Research. Bill is known for his writing and speaking on topics that include Open Source licensing, international adoption of Linux, embedded/real-time computing, application porting/migration, and Linux-based consumer electronics and handheld applications. He is a regular contributor periodicals like to E.E. Times, Applied Computing, LinuxUser, Elektronik, and Embedded Systems Europe, and a featured speaker at Intel Developer Forum, ESC and LinuxWorld.

    BENOIT SCHILLINGS, Chief Technology Officer, TrollTech Inc.

    Benoit joined Trolltech in October 2005 serving as Chief Technology Officer responsible for leveraging Trolltech's existing technologies and services in addition to strengthening the company's ability to bring new technologies quickly to market. Mr. Schillings was a principal contributor to the launch of Be Incorporated, where he designed, developed and implemented the technically acclaimed BeOS. More recently, Schillings comes to Trolltech from his position as CTO at Openwave Systems where he was responsible for the structure, design and operation of Openwave Phone Suite Version 7. In 2003, he was named Distinguished Engineer for his influential work in the conception of "top to bottom" integrated software for mass-market phones.

    JOHN C COOK, Sr. Director, Product Management, PalmSource, an ACCESS Company

    John has more than 20 years of high-technology experience in consulting and senior level corporate positions. Cook is currently the director of product strategy management at PalmSource, where he is working on building the company’s new ACCESS Linux Platform product line. Previously, he was vice president of product management and marketing for Palm, Inc. And, he spent almost 10 years with Apple, where he served in product marketing and business development roles in the company’s hardware, software and multimedia divisions. John holds several patents for technology used in mobile and wireless devices. He is a graduate of Auburn University.


    Event Logistics


    Accenture Technology Labs
    1661 Page Mill Rd
    Palo Alto, CA 94304


    6:30 PM Registration and Networking
    7:00 PM -8:40 PM Presentations


    $15 at the door for non-SDForum members
    No charge for SDForum members
    No registration required

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