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The Register: Motorola Gambles Big on Linux, Sinocapitalism

Feb 18, 2003, 23:30 (17 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andrew Orlowski)

"Inspired or insane, you'll have to decide, but Motorola yesterday vowed to make Linux the mainstay of its low and midrange phones.

"This has much to do with its China strategy, the result of its pioneering forays in basing design and manufacturing on the continent, and using feedback from Asian markets with experiments such as the Accompli 008. Judging from the first example, the A835 smartphone, the results are already impressive, and Motorola could be the first to ride this wave that weds a disruptive technology (Linux) to a disruptive economic model (China's quite unique version of state-owned capitalism) all the way to prosperity.

"Or it could, as we suggested at a press conference yesterday, simply walk away from this as it has with so many previous initiatives..."

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