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Intel Software Portables Linux Hardware

Intel Acquires Mobile Linux Developer OpenedHand 37

nerdyH writes with the news that Intel has acquired OpenedHand, the developer of 'Poky Linux' and Matchbox. "The UK-based embedded Linux services team will join the Intel Open Source Technology Center, and will focus on Moblin development for mobile Internet devices and other mobile devices." The article notes that Intel's Moblin initiative had "failed to generate much interest" among developers when first announced earlier this year; this acquisition might help it catch the attention of more Linux developers.
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Intel Acquires Mobile Linux Developer OpenedHand

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  • Openmoko (Score:3, Insightful)

    by ilovegeorgebush ( 923173 ) * on Sunday August 31, 2008 @05:48AM (#24817807) Homepage
    Weren't Openhand working closely with the Openmoko project? If so, will Intel pull them out of their work on the Neo/Freerunner?
    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Weren't Openhand working closely with the Openmoko project? If so, will Intel pull them out of their work on the Neo/Freerunner?

      We were, but our work with them finished quite a while ago now.

    • by Skinkie ( 815924 )
      I know them only from a much bigger thing: Clutter [].
      • by pieterh ( 196118 )

        Wow... I wonder how far the Clutter project was inspired by this: []

        "The concept, which we're calling "Clutter" for want of a better word, is simple and yet general. First, the desktop is just a large space with random icons, which we call "motes". A mote is represents a link to some resource: a document, a directory, a web site, a BitTorrent link, whatever. Anything you can drag and drop can become a mote."

        From November 2003.

        • by tolan-b ( 230077 )

          I would go with "not at all". ;)

          Clutter is a UI toolkit, it shares nothing but a name with your link as far as I can tell.

    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by ati11a ( 1152651 )

      Openhand were involved with OpenMoko (their window manager matchbox was being used), but since then OpenMoko has dropped matchbox and shifted to Enlightenment Link: []. So for now, they are not involved with OpenMoko. Although their clutter, matchbox and poky projects are being used at many places.

  • wanna bet this isn't gonna help intel much?

    • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

      Intel doesn't really need help. I don't recall them having problems.
      It's interesting that Intel is venturing in the mobile world.
      • They wouldn't have bought this company if they didn't think it would help them though. If not for the expertise or resources, it knocks one competitor out of the picture.

        • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

          by Anonymous Coward

          Of course it's to knock out one competitor out, but not the one you'd think : Intel is going after ARM with it's Atom processor.

    • Re:yeah yeah (Score:5, Insightful)

      by dotancohen ( 1015143 ) on Sunday August 31, 2008 @07:26AM (#24818325) Homepage

      wanna bet this isn't gonna help intel much?

      Wanna bet it will?

      I see this as pretty big news. Little-known Linux house gets purchased by Intel. They didn't stand a chance of getting bought by MS, Google, or any other powerhouse. Now, the little Linux vendors will be looked at in a new light. HP, AMD, and will start taking more notice of the little Linux vendors, and that means that VC's will too. This is great news and presents new opportunities for Linux startups.

      How will this help Intel? Since when has trend-setting _not_ helped Intel?

      • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

        by Anonymous Coward

        "and that means that VC's will too"


        You mean that the Viet Cong is going to buy Linux?


      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        Since when has trend-setting _not_ helped Intel?

        Maybe Itanium was an exception.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    I wish Nokia would now make an Atom-based Maemo tablet... cross-compiling is a pain in the ass, especially with Nokia's "scratchbox" environment.

  • ... I'll force them to pay attention to me.
    Which sounds like the behaviour of a spoilt kid.
  • by voss ( 52565 ) on Sunday August 31, 2008 @07:43AM (#24818399)

    Its what type of Linux, they are buying a Linux vendor that primarily deals with handheld and embedded devices so intel maybe making a bigger move into these categories

    • by Ox0065 ( 1085977 )

      More importantly, I've been trying to decide which window manager to put on my eee-pc 901 (when it finally gets to Australia) I'd narrowed it down to 2 candidates for testing. I know which one I'm going to look at first! Take a look at Matchbox's 'desktop', then look at a default EEE-PC's. Have you seen a non-technical person interact with a default eee-pc install for the first time? (^-^) Their eyes are full of curiosity, instead of fear.

      ... a new genre in the PC market, and Microsoft is so far f

    • by Kjella ( 173770 )

      Its what type of Linux, they are buying a Linux vendor that primarily deals with handheld and embedded devices so intel maybe making a bigger move into these categories

      With Atom (now) / Moorestown (2009-10) for mobile and Canmore for multimedia (this year) I would say that's pretty much a given. The interesting part is seeing how far Intel will go into software as they've traditionally stuck to hardware and left others to deliver the OS. Obviously in the desktop market there's a 800lb gorilla in the room, but on mobile/embedded there's an opening for Intel to come in and deliver a total package using Intel hardware, Linux and Intel taking home all the margins. Alternative

  • Interesting... (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward

    Anonymous for an obvious reason: I work for Intel.

    I wonder if this means that Intel will start using it as the seed of a clearinghouse, instead of hiring their linux talent in-house.

    It will be interesting to see if Intel takes the wide and different groups of programming teams, and just having this absorbed company make the generic apps, and in a way unify the applications corporate-wide (which is good for FOSS in general IMHO). Meanwhile, the individual groups can still make the drivers and chip-specific c

  • Hmmm interesting.
    Hopefully the Linux on iPaq hx2000 series gets finished now. That would be one sweet handheld computer then, decent amount of RAM and 620MHz processor in the palm of your hand - and not limited to winCE.

    Linux boots on the device and GPE runs, but they had troubles with the WIFI module and a few of the Intel chips. Plus I think only one guy was working on it.
  • This is the beginning of the scrambling by big companies to get a piece of the linux hardware market. Many large players missed the boat - and now with the success of the iPhone, and the upcoming Google phone (OpenMoko being a shadow of what the google phone could become) hardware players are getting nervous that they've ignored something significant. In some cases, they've ignored it perhaps because the big players in the Cell industry have told them to stay away. Meanwhile, Linux/ARM-based devices have

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