While having a flavor of Linux on one's smartphone isn't unheard of
, it could become at least somewhat more popular now that a common variety is scheduled to make its mobile debut. After years
of Linux-on-a-handset talk
from just about every direction imaginable
, the developers of Ubuntu are hoping to "extend its open-source
software development to handheld internet-enabled devices." Reportedly dubbed the Ubuntu Mobile and Embedded project, the operating system could be headed to your mobile device thanks to a collaborative effort between Ubuntu programmers and Intel, which shouldn't come as any surprise considering its recent infatuation
with the open-sourced OS. Of course, Ubuntu is a surefire candidate for OS of the month given all the press
its meandered into of late, but developers did note that designing a mobile GUI and configuring the power management capabilities would be quite a challenge. The best part, however, is how quickly the mobile rendition will be rolled out, as we can all mark our calendars for a simultaneous release with Ubuntu 7.10 this October.