An initiative is being launched to standardise the applications layer of Linux-based mobile devices, masterminded by several companies including PalmSource and France Télécom. A group will be formed called the Linux Phone Standardisation Forum (LiPS), which will aim to complement the efforts of the Mobile Linux Initiative.

The Mobile Linux Initiative, which includes companies such as Motorola, PalmSource and Trolltech AS, is focusing on "everything that is kernel-related," Claude Beullens, OSDL director for Europe, Middle East and Africa says. Technologies to be addressed include those that ensure that Linux phones manage power and memory efficiently.

"LiPS is more oriented toward the higher layer of the stack," Beullens says. "They're more attacking the applications layer. So in fact we feel that the work is very complementary."