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The Facebook Phone Will Use Linux

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Published on 26 May 2012 10:52 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software
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This shouldn't come as a terrible surprise, but the Facebook Phone looks like it will be running atop Linux.

For many months now there's been speculations about the Facebook Phone that will inevitably come out of Facebook. It's not a matter of if but when. Speculations have been rampant about this mobile phone. Some have speculated that Facebook could be building its phone upon Windows Phone 7, but I've found out this weekend from a reliable source that it will be a Linux-based device. Though whether this is Android-based or just based upon an upstream Linux source with a custom UI layer atop, that isn't known to Phoronix at the moment.

It's nice to see Facebook continuing to embrace Linux and open-source even with their deep involvement with Microsoft and the Redmond company owning a stake of the social networking company. Other Facebook open-source/Linux initiatives include Flashcache for Linux, the HipHop compiler, the Open Compute Project, etc.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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