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I use a sturdy pre-camera mobile phone, but it has limits.

For example, if you send me a photo, I get a text message to the website where I can view it.

Doing just that today, I ended up checking out the latest mobile broadband offer from O2. And something else too.

I checked the Three and Vodafone sites, and it’s there too.

All three companies proudly announce that their broadband offerings are compatible with both Windows and Mac.

Two of them even had cute Microsoft and Apple logos.

But nowhere is there any sign of the Penguin.

Poor old Tux, and all the Linux-inspired distros, don’t get a look-in.

I can’t complain too loudly of course. Getting mobile broadband to work with Linux takes a bit of work, as I can testify from personal experience. And less than one percent of computers worldwide have a penguin under the hood.

Still, I take solace from the inroads open source software is making in other ways.

Microsoft have announced a low-cost subscription model for MS Office users, as Open Office and Google Docs continue to grow. Their ability to run on multiple platformas makes them formidable foes.

By Gerard Cunningham

Gerard Cunningham occupies his time working as a journalist, writer, sub-editor, blogger and podcaster, yet still finds himself underemployed.