A huge number of people today are gravitating toward smart phones. They find these phones to be extremely helpful in many ways. Business men and women are able to get more done when out and about when they have a smart phone. In fact, they may not even need to bring along a laptop, there are so many things you can do on these amazing little devices.
Many smart phones today use an operating system called Android. One thing that many people do not realize is that this operating system is based on the Linux kernel. Since the Linux kernel is an open source software, the developers of Android were able to take it and adapt it to work on cell phones. In many cases, these powerful phones can do almost anything that a desktop computer or laptop can do. In fact, a lot of people feel that the only real difference is the size of the screen.
In the Android market, there are many options for other open source software, and many of the applications that you can get for your phone are free. Others have a small price attached to them. And, many of these applications are exactly the same, or based on, other apps that were originally made for desktop or laptop computers that had a Linux based operating system.
Android is not the only Linux based operating system for smart phones. Recently introduced, the Bada operating system from Samsung also has a Linux kernel base.
Many people who have never really been interested in Linux before are starting to take a look. With smart phones becoming more and more popular, the interest level in Linux is going up for many people as well. This is a great step for the operating system, as it is gaining more momentum.