China Mobile signs up to Linux Foundation

Open saucy outfit the Linux Foundation has just signed up one of the largest mobile phone outfits in the known world.

China Mobile has become a Gold member, marking the first time a Chinese enterprise has joined The Linux Foundation.

What this means is that Linux will become more important behind the Bamboo curtain.

The foundation tells us that China Mobile has recently been investing in Linux, in its OPhone mobile operating system, and has developed a cloud computing system based on open source software.

Signing up to Foundation membership means that it wants to go much further.

The Linux Foundation promotes, trains and standardises Linux, with the aim of encouraging technical and marketing cooperation in the computing industry.

It is also one of the driving forces behind MeeGo, an open source operating system developed in coorperation with Nokia and Intel.

The move to the Foundation could be a thumbs up from China Mobile to the development of MeeGo and establish it as a more widely used operating system in mobile phones.

Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation said the membership could could represent a seismic step toward a realignment of OSes in China and in the telecommunications industry.

Of course it could just have been done because the Foundation organises a jolly good Christmas party.

The Linux Foundation has three levels of membership: Platinum, Gold and Silver. At present, there are approximately 100 members, including seven Platinum members and, with the membership of China Mobile, ten Gold members.