Linux Based Mobile Operating Systems

Linux Based Mobile Operating Systems

Lee Chao (University of Houston-Victoria, USA)
Copyright: © 2011 |Pages: 16
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-613-8.ch003
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Abstract

In today’s mobile computing, Linux plays a significant role. The Linux kernel has been adopted by a variety of mobile operating systems to handle tasks such as device management, memory management, process management, networking, power management, application interface management, and user interface management. This chapter introduces Linux based mobile operating systems installed on various mobile devices. It first gives a brief introduction of the history of mobile Linux. Then, the chapter introduces the mobile Linux features that can be used to meet the mobile learning requirements. The last part of the chapter presents strategies on selecting a Linux based operating system for a particular mobile learning project.
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Background

Most of the mobile operating systems are UNIX based operating systems including Linux and iPhone (Robert Vamosi, 2009) which is derived from BSD UNIX. Linux distributions integrate the Linux kernel with other open source software to build various versions of Linux based open source operating systems. As the kernel of many mobile operating systems, Linux is known by its excellent flexibility and usability. More and more mobile device manufacturers commit to the open source approach. Mobile devices can benefit from Linux in the following areas:

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