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kedargjoshi 09-28-2007 04:17 AM

Linux in mobile devices
 
Hi,
I would like to knew how far it is advantageous to use linux in mobile devices as compared to windows os. This may be regarding file system, graphics, response timing memory space required

sadiqdm 09-29-2007 04:04 AM

The biggest advantage of Linux is that it is easier to customise for small devices, unlike Windows where you have to have the whole thing in order to get a GUI. The One Laptop Per Child (OPLC) project has a special version of RedHat that runs in 130Mb of ram, including the GUI, wordprocessor, spreadsheet, e-mail, browser, games, etc.

The second advantage is that by default as the normal user doesn't have root permission, viruses and trojans just can't work, unlike in Windows where every user has at least some root permissions by default. I know you can set an admin password, but since this is a bolt on it is easy to get round it.

As far as memory use, and CPU load is concerned it is also much more flexible, and much easier to "tune".

b0uncer 09-29-2007 04:44 AM

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The second advantage is that by default as the normal user doesn't have root permission, viruses and trojans just can't work, unlike in Windows where every user has at least some root permissions by default. I know you can set an admin password, but since this is a bolt on it is easy to get round it.
This is possible in Windows as well (and in Apple's operating systems), but as far as I know, the common way in mobile devices (where the OS is minimal) is to use an admin account. For example in the first versions (I'm not sure if it was fixed thereafter, hopefully was) of Apple's iPhone the used user account was admin account, which in the tests proved relatively easy to break in (Safari with administrative privileges caused trouble, for example). So it's not enough if the desktop or server versions of the OS have non-admin/root account used by default, or if the OS provides or encourages the use of non-admin/root accounts; in mobile devices it's just often the easiest way (least disturbance for the end-user who is not interested in user accounts, but in getting the tasks done) to use a high-privileged admin account, than for example ask the user some passwords all the time. Especially true in mobile phones.


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