Eldmannen Posted August 12, 2008 Share Posted August 12, 2008 Ubuntu 8.10 "Intrepid Ibex" is expected to be released in October 30, 2008. Fedora 10 "Cambridge" is expected to be released October 28, 2008. OpenOffice.org 3.0 is expected in September 16, 2008. Lately subnotebooks (also called ultra-portable laptops) have became increasingly popular. Small cheap low-end laptops, such as the Asus EEE PC (which came pre-installed with Linux). Dell are coming out with similar computers, and MSI have their MSI Wind PC which is a ultra-portable laptop. These computers are usually cheap, like $300 or less. At these low prices, Windows adds a quite substantial price to that. This had led to that Linux is becoming increasingly popular on these small cheap laptops. Microsoft have had extend life time of Windows XP in order to prevent Linux from gaining market share. Linux is expected to continue grow in this market place. Linux on desktop computers have gotten some ground too, by coming pre-installed with some Dell computers. Though, the big market seems to be in cheap ultra-portable laptops where the price is cheap, not desktop computers which usually cost more. Adding the cost of Windows to a expensive computer doesn't make the price go up as much as if you add Windows to a cheap computer. Mac OS X has also gained market share, while Windows has lost market share. Microsoft better hope that Windows 7 won't be another Vista. Mobile phones Another interesting market is cellphones. Nokia has recently acquired Trolltech, the company which makes the Qt toolkit and the Qtopia mobile platform (which is Linux-based). Symbian OS is a proprietary operating system used on mobile phones with a very large market made by Symbian Ltd. Nokia is acquiring Symbian Ltd and is supposedly intending to open source it by 2010. It looks like mobile phones will be more open in the future. Google have their Android mobile platform (runs on top of Linux) which is developed by Google and the Open Handset Alliance (OHA) which is backed by many players, including HTC, LG, Motorola, Samsung, Intel, Google, NTT, etc. It sounds promising, I heard you can do amazing things with it, and run third-party applications, and stuff. I look forward to Google Maps and stuff on phones. Then we have the LiMo Foundation (Linux Mobile) which is also backed by many players in the industry, such as Motorola, NEC, NTT, Panasonic, Samsung, Vodafone, LG, Verizon, etc. There is also the Linux Phone Standards Forum. Things are looking interesting. The Linux Foundation looks strong too is and heavily backed by industry leaders, such as IBM, Intel, AMD, Dell, HP, NEC, Google, Motorola, Hitachi, Oracle, Fujitsu, Novell, VMware, etc. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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