A non-profit organisation formed by six of the biggest names in the mobile phone business to promote the use of Linux has gained wider industry support.

The LiMo Foundation was formed by hardware-makers Motorola, NEC, Panasonic, and Samsung, and carriers NTT DoCoMo and Vodafone, and was announced in January this year.

New core members of the group are Aplix, Celunite, LG, McAfee, and Wind River Systems. New associate members are ARM, Broadcom, Ericsson, Innopath Software, KTF, MontaVista Software, and NXP.

Together the group will work to create a Linux platform for mobile devices. A standard platform not only promises to reduce development time for new cell phones but could also provide a common platform on which to build applications so development costs can be lowered.

The first handsets based on the LiMo platform are due on sale in the first half of next year, the foundation said in a statement.