Mobile Leaders Around the World Launch LiMo Foundation

World's first global mobile Linux initiative begins membership process,

encourages creation of an ecosystem spanning application and middleware

developer communities


Jan 25, 2007, 00:00 ET from LiMo Foundation

NEWBURY, England, Jan. 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- To support their goal
 of creating the world's first globally competitive, Linux-based software
 platform for mobile devices, Motorola, NEC, NTT DoCoMo, Panasonic Mobile
 Communications, Samsung Electronics, and Vodafone announced today the
 official launch of the LiMo Foundation.
     A not-for-profit organization, the LiMo Foundation is aimed at blending
 the community-based development benefits of transparency, innovation and
 scalability with the best development practices from the mobile community
 to create an innovative new business model. Overseen by a Board of
 Directors comprising representatives from the founding member companies
 including Foundation Chairman, Greg Besio of Motorola and Vice Chair,
 Kiyohito Nagata of NTT DoCoMo, the LiMo Foundation will be seeking new
 members interested in participating in the development of a set of APIs,
 architecture, and contributing source code for the common components of the
 Linux based mobile platform. Foundation members will be available to
 discuss membership opportunities at the upcoming 3GSM World Congress in
 Barcelona, Spain, February 12-15, 2007.
     LiMo Foundation details -- along with guiding principles and bylaws --
 can be found at . Foundation members will be
 involved in building an active ecosystem and will have the opportunity to
 influence the evolution of the platform, leaving them free to provide
 compelling and differentiated services to customers.
     The LiMo Foundation, through a fair and balanced contribution and
 participation process, will focus primarily on the joint development of a
 competitive Linux-based mobile platform, built around a common source code
 tree that can adapt to ever evolving market requirements around the world.
 In addition, members will also work on the following:
     --  Establishment of safeguards to minimize fragmentation;
     --  Collaboration on a mobile Linux developer ecosystem;
     --  Co-operation with existing industry organizations
     --  Securing new members from across the industry: device manufacturers,
         operators, chip set manufacturers, independent software vendors,
         integrators and third party developers
     About the LiMo Foundation
     The LiMo Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit entity that
 strives to increase the adoption of Linux within the mobile industry. The
 LiMo Foundation aims to leverage the mobile Linux platform to create an
 open, transparent, scalable ecosystem spanning application and middleware
 developer communities and to encourage the creation of compelling,
 differentiated and enhanced consumer experiences. A full description of the
     including the vision, goals, charter and membership information can be
 found at .
     MOTOROLA and the Stylized M Logo are registered in the US Patent &
 Trademark Office. VODAFONE, the Vodafone logos and Vodafone live! are trade
 marks of the Vodafone Group. All other product or service names are the
 property of their respective owners.

SOURCE LiMo Foundation