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Wireless Industry Steps up Influence over Future of Linux

Intel grabs number two spot as largest Linux contributor

The Linux Foundation has published a report that says that wireless companies have significantly increased their contributions to the Linux operating system. One of the key factors that has led to the surge in popularity of the free, open source software platform has been the proliferation of Android handsets in the mobile market. Every other day there is a new Android phone that crops up and looks like they are here for the long haul. The trend is catching on in non-smartphone mobile market segments such as netbooks and media tablets. According to ABI Research, Google's Android and Chrome OS, Intel-Nokia's MeeGo and Palm's webOS are among the Linux-based operating systems that will account for 62% of non-smartphones by 2015.

So it is not surprising that the Linux Foundation report indicates that while contributions from companies that have long-established Linux affiliations such as Red Hat, Novell and IBM are slightly decreasing , vendors of Linux-based mobile devices are emerging as new important faces in the software platform's current phase of development. In fact since Intel and Nokia combined their Linux platforms last year to form Meego, Intel has become the second largest contributor to Linux and Nokia the fifth, no doubt in anticipation of the first Meego phone from Nokia that isexpected to be released early next year.