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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
We've looked at three Linux-based phones that give the iPhone a run for its money. There's the Palm Pre, running WebOS; Nokia's Maemo 5-based N900, and the HTC Legend, running Android. Each is a strong challenger to Apple's device, and they beat it today in significant areas. So, which is best for you?
There's no doubt that Apple has done a fantastic job with the iPhone, both in the hardware and in the software. It has single-handedly transformed the once-turgid smartphone market into money spinner. Every manufacturer has had to rethink its strategy to compete, giving Linux the perfect opportunity to test its mettle.
The striking thing is how comprehensively Linux has succeeded on mobile phones. Linux has become the OS equivalent of the ARM processor, sneaking to market dominance through its fantastic versatility, performance and cost.
This success is a significant vindication of what Linux stands for and how its works.