6 Linux based mobile operating systems
Linux pretty much owns modern computing. Everything from mighty supercomputers to puny routers run on Linux — in many cases users aren’t even aware they’re using Linux.
Google’s Android is clearly the king of mobile operating systems. After a humble beginning, it has overtaken Apple’s iOS in terms of functionality, features and openness.
Initially called Boot to Gecko (or B2G), Mozilla’s Firefox OS is a Linux-based open source mobile operating system that adheres to open standards and offers HTML5 applications.
Sailfish OS was created by team of Nokia developers who came together to create a company called Jolla after ex-Microsoft executive Stephen Elop joined the company as a CEO. Elop shut down all open source projects at Nokia, including its own mobile operating system MeeGo.
Canonical has been working on going beyond its desktop business for a while now. The company is also trying to create a convergence story where the same code base would run across devices.
Plasma Mobile is the newest member to the family of Linux-based operating systems. The OS was announces during a KDE event called Akademy. The KDE community released a prototype of the OS running on Google’s Nexus 5 device.
Tizen is more or less is an Intel project that has died and been resurrected time and again — from Mobiln to Maemo to Meego, to LiMO and now Tizen.