Motorola is close to releasing its much anticipated, first Linux-based Razr2 V8 handset in the U.S, " said Christy M Wyatt, vice president of ecosystem and market development for Motorola during a LinuxWorld press conference.
Showing off her own Linux Razr2, Wyatt was prevented by the company's communications department from providing a more exact release date for the handset but indicated that shipment is coming "very soon, very, very soon."
At the event, Wyatt detailed the company's new Motomagx mobile Linux platform, which was unveiled Tuesday, and said the company plans to offer native Linux tools and a WebUI offering for Web 2.0 development for the mobile platform by the end of the year. Java tools are available with the platform immediately, she said.
Meanwhile, executives of Qumranet, a hot open source virtualization company that is building a product for KVM, did a little teasing of their own.
At one conference session detailing the differences between open source Xen virtualization and open source KVM, Qumranet co-founder, president and vice president of R&D Rami Tamir said they will unveil their product plans by the end of September.
The KVM offering will be different in concept from XenSource's platform. He hinted that Qumranet will focus on emerging virtualization services including storage virtualization.
He and others noted that virtualization interoperability offerings such as Red Hat's Libvert and IBM's SIM component in development will ensure that the two open source virtualization engines can interoperate. There's room for two open source virtualization engines, but KVM is leaner, meaner than Xen and offers better power management and support for more platforms.
From his standpoint, being late to the party is not a hindrance. Quite the contrary, Qumranet will benefit from KVM being a Linux service and will blow away the competition in no time.
"Being latecomer is an advantage, Rami said, then lowered the volume of his voice. "Xen is going away."