Moto Linux Smart(ish)phone



I was poking around the FCC website again this morning and ran across this motorola linux-based smartphone which was approved recently. The beginning of the manual seems to indicate that this particular model does not have Bluetooth, but I’m guessing that there’s another model out there that does, or BT is a feature that had to be cut from this model for whatever reason. This looks a lot like one of the Linux phones announced a year or so ago, though I’m not “with it” enough to remember exactly which one.

They do have a copy of the GPL (see Appendix 32) in the manual, make use of Gnomovision, and have a bit of a bizzarre “offer to customers:”

Until September 30, 2006 you may request from Motorola the source code for any
Portions of this product which are licensed under the GNU General Public license by
writing to the following address:
Beijing Design Center, PCS
Motorola (China) Electronics Ltd.
No. 2 Dong San Huan Nan. Lu
Chao Yang District
Beijing, P.R. China
Tel. 010-65642288
Fax: 010-65642299

I wonder if they would actually pony up the GPL’d code if you asked. What’s up with that date though? Is that admission of mobile phone shelf life? They do seem to be trying to do things right though. Anyway, just because this is approved doesn’t mean you should expect it on the shelves tomorrow. After looking closer at the external photos it looks like this is indeed one of the models that piqued my interest when it was announced.


4 responses to “Moto Linux Smart(ish)phone”

  1. Dan DeMaggio Avatar
    Dan DeMaggio

    > What’s up with that date though?

    Section 3 of the GPL.

    You must do one of the following:

    a) Accompany it with the complete corresponding machine-readable source code

    b) Accompany it with a written offer, valid for at least three years, to give any third party, [..] a complete machine-readable copy of the corresponding source code

    c) Accompany it with the information you received as to the offer to distribute corresponding source code. (noncommercial only)

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