Mobile Linux: the first full Open Source stack released

The open source GPE project yesterday announced a new project to create a fully open source software stack for mobiles, named GPE Phone Edition.

GPE Phone Edition is a fully open source project based on developments from the GPE project adding necessary components for mobile phone usage. Based on standards defined by the LiPS Forum a complete application software stack is built. The current implementation is based on code contributed to the LiPS Forum by Orange/France Telecom’s research and development lab located in Beijing China in collaboration with GPE project members.

Key features of the current implementation are:

  • application development and runtime framework
  • voice call framework and application
  • mobile phone suitable PIM application such as addressbook and calendar
  • SMS messaging framework and application
  • instant messaging framework and application
  • multi media playback framework and applications

The project provides all relevant sourcecode through the service of LinuxToGo, an open source collaboration site dedicated to mobile Linux developments.

The sourcecode is accompanied by a demonstration environment built using the popular Open Embedded build system. It can be run as a VMware virtual machine providing almost full mobile phone features if connected to a mobile phone’s modem. The project now calls for hardware manufacturers to open their devices so that the software stack can be adopted to a wide variety of mobile phones.