TWO LINUX GROUPS, the Limo Foundation and the Linux Foundation, are launching an operating system (OS) called Tizen.
Tizen is a open-source, standards-based, cross-architecture OS that will launch in the first quarter of 2012. It supports multiple devices including smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, netbooks and in-vehicle infotainment devices.
The first devices using the OS will come to market in mid-2012, the two groups said.
The Tizen application programming interfaces are based on HTML5 and other web standards, and it anticipates that the vast majority of Tizen application development efforts will be based on these standards.
These APIs will cover various platform capabilities, such as messaging, multimedia, camera, network, and social media. For those who use native code in their applications, the Tizen SDK will include a native development kit. The group said it will open "the entire Tizen software stack, from the core OS up through the core applications and polished user interfaces".
The Linux Foundation will host the project, where Tizen development will be completely open and led by a technical steering team staffed by Intel and Samsung.
A new Tizen web site said, "Today we are happy to welcome you to Tizen, a new open source project that is the home of the Tizen software platform, a mobile and device operating system based on Linux and other popular upstream projects.
"We will post additional details about this project in the coming weeks, including the code, developer documentation, and more. We look forward to working with all of you to make Tizen a success." µ