What a great name for a forum devoted to cell phones: the LiPS Forum. It stands for the Linux Phone Standards Forum. According to the leaders of the group, the LiPS forum was formed to "accelerate the adoption of Linux in fixed, mobile, and converged devices by standardizing Linux-based services and APIs that most directly influence the development, deployment and interoperability of applications and user-level services."
In reality, the pace at which phones are being developed with Linux has picked up a fair amount of momentum. So there was probably a real need for a group to come together to A) promote Linux within the handset community, and B) make sure that there is some sort of adherence to standards.
The founding members of the forum include Cellon, Esmertec, France Telecom/Orange, FSM Labs, Huawei, Jaluna, MIZI Research, Open Plug, and PalmSource.
The forum will deliver standardized APIs that define the Linux-based system services. It will produce standards for extensions to the software development kits that allow developers to employ those APIs. And it will develop a testing methodology that will be used to certify LiPS-compliant implementations.
For more information on the forum, go to www.lipsforum.org.