Linux Magazine’s Top 20 Companies to Watch in 2008
Who knows what the future will hold? Well, heaven knows we don't or we'd have already won the lottery a few times and retired to a private island somewhere. However, we can look at the past to make a few reasonable predictions-- such as the companies in the free and open source software community that are going to have a major impact on the market in 2008.
Have we mentioned that we think mobile devices are important yet? We’re not sure how the mobile market will shake out, but we’re pretty sure that we’ll see several players making news next year, and MontaVista will be one of them.
If you haven’t heard of MontaVista, don’t fret– they’re more often than not behind the scenes. The company specializes in tools and software for telecom and mobile devices, and as such doesn’t necessarily make the same kind of splash as Canonical or Red Hat.
The company announced its fifth-generation operating system for mobile phones, Mobilinux 5.0, in mid-November, with improvements in performance and real-time features. The company claims that it already powers” 90 percent of Linux smartphones,” which is a pretty hefty percentage if not a lot of actual phones at the moment.
But the company doesn’t just do tiny devices, MontaVista also offers Carrier-Grade Linux, which is undoubtably going to be important in 2008. Furthermore, the technological improvements made by MontaVista for CGL will help Linux in many industries– not just telecom.