InfoWorld: Linux Takes Backseat in New Motorola Phone
Mar 21, 2003, 19:00 (19 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joris Evers)
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"Motorola grabbed a lot of headlines in February when it
announced the world's first mobile phone that runs Linux, however,
developers won't be able to create Linux applications and run those
on the phone because Linux is not secure enough, Motorola spokesman
David Rudd said Wednesday.
"'The main issue here is that a phone's operating system must be
made secure so that, for example, badly written or malicious code
cannot power up the modem and rack up charges on your bill,' he
wrote in an e-mail response to questions. Developers may get to
write Linux applications for the Motorola phone at a later stage,
but Motorola wants to put out a product and test it first, Rudd
"Motorola wants developers to create Java applications. Linux
takes a 'backseat' to Java and functions as 'a vehicle to deliver
Java, the enabler of the applications on the phone,' Rudd said in
an interview after the February announcement of the A760 phone that
runs Linux. 'The operating system is a necessary element, but not
quite as strategic as Java...'"