Penguin phone

There was a small article buried in today’s Wall Street Journal about how Motorola was making Linux its primary platform for smart mobile phones. Looks like the handheld market will parallel what’s happening in the enterprise data center. For servers, the long-term battle between Windows NT and Linux, squeezing out Sun’s Solaris and other Unix variants. For phones, it’s Windows variants such as PocketPC against Linux, with the Symbian Alliance falling by the wayside. Note to Dave Nagel: the same thing will happen to the PalmOS — get working on a Linux strategy!

Software is a scale business. Unless the market changes, the best way to match up with a dominant player is to draw on the resources of many companies and individuals, which an open source project can do.