Open source operating systems are suddenly flourishing, especially in the growing netbook and smartphone arenas. Moblin, the open source mobile platform launched by Intel and now overseen by The Linux Foundation, is making tremendous strides, and is out in a refreshed beta version 2.0. Android, Google's open source mobile operating system, is also picking up momentum, with more than 30 smartphone handsets running it expected by the end of the year. Meanwhile, Google has just announced that it will deliver Chrome OS — also open source — in 2010, aimed at the hot netbook market. And Symbian, which has almost half of the global smartphone market, has announced that it is moving into beta testing with its open source Symbian 2 OS. These operating systems are all different, and it looks like significant competition between them will lead to much innovation. Here's what to expect.
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