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Not to be outdone by this announcement, Linux systems vendor a la Mobile has announced the launch of its Convergent Linux Platform in a bid to bring Linux-based smartphones to market rapidly. Calling it the first viable mobile operating system alternative to proprietary offerings, a la Mobile intends the Convergent Linux Platform to be a complete software stack for mobile handsets, not just a middleware solution.

“Up to now, mobile operating systems have all been proprietary in nature, restricting freedom for customization,” said Pauline Lo Alker, President and CEO of a la Mobile. “In a high growth and high stakes environment, competitive differentiation and ease of delivering customized services are paramount for both handset vendors and network operators.

Version 1.0 of Convergent Linux Platform will be available for handset manufacturer customers in September 2006.