Two groups involved in promoting software for mobile platforms, Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) and the Linux Phone Standards Forum (LiPS) are joining forces to provide device makers and operators with an alternative to closed (proprietary) operating systems.
The two groups will actively collaborate to reduce fragmentation in the mobile space and provide the industry with open, flexible and customizable Linux-based solutions to increase revenue opportunities. According to the joint announcement, this move will maximize the benefits of the organizations' complementary approachesOSDL focuses on the kernel and operating system levels, and LiPS works on applications and service enabler layers.
The collaboration includes cross-organization representation at member meetings, two-way sharing and referencing (rather than duplicating) of requirements and specs, and cooperation in the creation of common requirements and specifications for mobile Linux-based devices.
In many parts of the world, Linux is already making great headway as the OS of choice for mobile platforms. To be honest, I'm not sure how much of an effect this collaboration will have, but it certainly can't hurt.