Mobility Matters



This talk looks at the role of open source and Linux in the emerging mobile software space. Could Linux and open source provide an easier link to enterprise applications and therefore enterprise adoption of mobile devices?


Linux and open source software have crept into the enterprise market, mainly through infrastructure software and now — after a decade of development and use — further up the stack into applications. However, when considering the emerging mobile software space, we see open source with a significant presence in all layers of the stack from the start. It looms largest at the infrastructure and OS level with Linux efforts from Google and the Linux Mobile (LiMO) Foundation as well as Symbian, which is being open-sourced by Nokia. Yet we’ve heard big things about mobile Linux and open source before, only to see little actually materialize. Will this time around be different? Will open source help deliver the development speed and user input to rival the innovation and attention of Apple and its iPhone? Will a more open environment draw in more developers and users? Could Linux and open source provide an easier link to enterprise applications and therefore enterprise adoption of mobile devices?

As trends in the industry and milestones such as Apple’s iPhone, Google’s Android and an open Symbian from Nokia set a fast pace for this segment, we investigate how well open source will enable companies — from OS players to development outfits to application vendors — to keep up. What are the hurdles, benefits, opportunities and risks to using open source in mobile software? How will it stack up against proprietary, sometimes entrenched, competition? What about adoption in the more mainstream consumer device market and the mobile enterprise — will open source present challenges or opportunities for vendors that choose it?

Speaking experience


  • Jay Lyman

    The 451 Group


    Jay Lyman covers open source software for The 451 Group, focusing on Linux operating systems and distributors, virtualization, databases and other free and open source software created by communities and used by enterprise organizations. His coverage includes the software itself, the communities and the emerging business and licensing models.

    Prior to joining The 451 Group, Jay wrote for LinuxInsider and TechNewsWorld, where he covered open source and a range of other IT topics from 2003 to 2006. He also covered open source software communities, development and products as a contributing editor with NewsForge from 2004 to 2006.

    Covering Linux and open source since 2000 with NewsFactor Network, Jay has been a regular contributor to other publications, including those of CMP Media, Web Host Industry Review and Small Times, a nanotechnology website and magazine.

    Prior to his focus on the technology industry, Jay worked as a newspaper reporter in Southern California, covering business, government and crime for the Glendale News-Press, a Los Angeles-area daily. His work has also been published by the Associated Press and Time Magazine.

    Jay holds a BA in Journalism from San Diego State University.