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SECURITY: Linux takes backseat in new Motorola phones
Posted by Arne Hess - on Friday, 21.03.03 - 13:01:36 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 7369x
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According to this article, Motorola will introduce a Linux based smart phone but will not allow developers to use Linux as core for applications but will force to use Java :o

Motorola Inc. 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 said.

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."

"Our strategy continues to be that Java is our primary application developer language," Joseph Coletta, vice president of applications and solutions at Motorola said in an interview after the phone was announced. Motorola's MotoCoder developer program also focuses on Java applications.

LOL :lol: That's a good one... Introducing a Linux phone and not being sure if the underlying OS is secure enough!? Who told you a Microsoft Smartphone isn't secure enough!? :oops:

Cheers ~ Arne

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