Summary: Where devices are concerned, Linux is all over the place and it’s important to ensure that Microsoft does not tax Linux using software patents
ABI Research projects that by 2015, Linux-based operating systems, led by Android and Chrome OS, will represent 62 percent of the OSes shipping in all mobile devices aside from smartphones. The study also suggests that Linux offers a unifying advantage for mobile platforms, with a large number of upstream components that can be shared in addition to the Linux kernel.
Yesterday we wrote about a change in attitude towards GNU/Linux at ASUS (Eee Pad will reportedly run Android, not Vista 7). ASUS is now explaining the GNU/Linux situation and Acer is preparing Android tablets too. It is important to keep pressuring Google to keep Android free, as Motorola puts serious restrictions in it and several other companies pay Microsoft for Android (patent tax for alleged infringements in Linux). Don’t allow Microsoft to get rich from sales of Linux devices; it doesn’t deserve it. █