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LinuxDevices year-end review: Top industry standards stories of 2007

Dec 26, 2000 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive
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JANUARY


TOP LINUX FOUNDATIONS MERGE
With Linux growing by leaps and bounds, two of the top organizations that guide its growth are finally joining forces. The Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) and the Free Standards Group (FSG) are forming one mega-organization, known as the “Linux Foundation.” href=”/NS5508885157.html”>Details

CELLPHONE GIANTS UNVEIL MOBILE LINUX FOUNDATION
Six of the world's largest telecommunications companies have officially launched a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a common mobile Linux software platform. Founded by Motorola, NEC, NTT DoCoMo, Panasonic Mobile Communications, Samsung Electronics, and Vodafone, the LiMo Foundation is inviting membership and participation from application and middleware developers. Details


FEBRUARY


STACKABLE USB STANDARD AIMS AT EMBEDDED APPS
Embedded board vendor Micro/sys has created a stackable system architecture based on utilizing USB as a low-end I/O bus in compact, rugged, embedded systems. The company is already shipping CPU and I/O boards that implement the patent-pending technology, and hopes to license StackableUSB broadly. Details


MARCH


LINUX FOUNDATION RELEASES CARRIER GRADE LINUX 4.0
The Linux Foundation today released an update to its Carrier Grade Linux (CGL) specification. The primary changes incorporated into CGL 4.0 are alignment with the SCOPE Alliance's Carrier Grade Profile, and tighter requirements around compliance. Details

FREE SOFTWARE FOUNDATION UNVEILS GPLV3 DRAFT 3
The Free Software Foundation on March 28 released the third discussion draft of the GPLv3 (GNU General Public License, version 3). As expected, the draft contains modified language designed to prevent “Tivo-ization,” as well as language aimed at busting patent partnerships, such as the recent Microsoft/Novell deal. Here are two articles that provide further perspective on the new GPLv3 draft:

* GPLv3 DRAFT 3 ARRIVES, ADDS “ANTI-TIVO-IZATION”
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* GUEST OPINION: CLEARING UP ANTI-GPL3 FUD
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APRIL


MOBILE TV CONSENSUS EMERGING IN EUROPE?
Eleven large, influential European companies are backing a mobile TV implementation they say could “speed up large scale mobile TV deployments in Europe.” The Broadcast Mobile Convergence (BMCo) Forum's implementation profile of OMA BCAST requirements enables fast, interoperable, future-proof implementations, the Nokia-led group says. Details

CARRIER GRADE LINUX NEP “PROFILE” GETS UPDATED
The SCOPE Alliance has released version 1.2 of its “Linux Profile,” aimed at guiding NEPs (network equipment providers) toward interoperable implementations of the Linux Foundation (formerly Open Source Development Labs) Carrier Grade Linux specification. Additionally, SCOPE has updated its “Technical Position Paper” aimed at describing NEP requirements to Linux developers. Details


JUNE


OPEN SPEC AIMS TO UNIFY LINUX PHONE STACKS
After nineteen months of work, the Linux Phone Standards (LiPS) Forum has started publishing its first open, royalty-free specification, aimed at reducing fragmentation among Linux implementations for mobile phones. Additionally, LiPS has hired industry veteran William Weinberg as general manager, focusing on business development. Details

NASA TESTS LINUX FOR SPACECRAFT CONTROL
Linux was selected for a NASA experiment aimed at proving the feasibility of COTS (commercial off-the-shelf) hardware and software for scientific space missions. A key requirement was for application development and runtime environments familiar to scientists, to facilitate porting applications from the lab to the spacecraft. Details


JULY


GPLV3 ARRIVES WITH LITTLE FANFARE
The FSF (Free Software Foundation) has released GPLv3 (GNU General Public License version 3), the third generation of the world's most popular free software license. However, only about twenty open source projects have adopted the new license so far. Details


AUGUST


SYMBIAN SENIOR VP DEFECTS TO MOBILE LINUX
The LiMo (Linux Mobile) Foundation, an industry group building a common software stack for Linux-based mobile phones, has announced a dozen new members. The organization also disclosed that rival Symbian's longtime Senior VP of Sales and Professional Services, Morgan Gillis, will soon become its Executive Director. Details


SEPTEMBER


NEW GROUP MULLS TINY COMPUTER MODULE SPECS
A new standards group focused on small format board-level embedded computers was unveiled this week at the Embedded Systems Conference in Boston. The Small Form Factor Special Interest Group (SFF SIG) aims to “develop, adopt, and promote circuit board specifications and related technologies [but] not compete with existing trade organizations.” Details


NOVEMBER


INDUSTRY GROUP AIMS LINUX AT AUTOMATION APPS
As the market for Linux in industrial automation grows, so do the activities of the Open Source Automation Development Lab. In a new whitepaper celebrating the OSADL's first birthday, Carsten Emde looks back at the organization's early accomplishments, and outlines its current projects and future plans. Details

CGL GROUP REV'S LEADERSHIP, CHARTER, POLICIES
The Linux Foundation's Carrier Grade Linux working group has a new chairman. Dan Cauchy has 16 years of technical and management experience in the telecom, data networking, and service provider industries, and currently serves as MontaVista's director of marketing for carrier and mobile products. Details


DECEMBER


FIRST LINUX PHONE STANDARD SHIPS
Weeks after Google revealed aspirations of creating a defacto standard operating system for mobile phones, via Android and the Open Handset Alliance, a lesser known, broad-based consortium has published what it hopes can serve as an actual standard for Linux-based phones. Details


Most Significant Stories for 2007


 
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