Symbian VP attacks Linux for mobiles

Symbian says 'Pah!' to Linux for mobiles
Symbian says 'Pah!' to Linux for mobiles

Jerry Panagrossi, VP of Symbian's North American operations, believes the Linux platform is not fit for purpose when it comes to working as a mobile phone OS.

"There has been wonderful work, fantastic work in the Linux community in the workstation and PC space, but when you drag that over into the mobile space, there is an entirely different domain with a different set of challenges that handset managers must overcome," he said at the GigaOM:Mobilize conference in San Francisco, according to The Register.

He pointed out the fact that, despite being a common platform, the core OS needs a whole set of proprietary drivers, programs and software to function on a mobile device.

Degree of high fragmentation

"When you ask the Linux solution providers what percentage of software runs across all of their platforms, the answer is near zero per cent. There's such a degree of high fragmentation in that space, and I think it's high time we set the record straight," added Panagrossi.

Morgan Gillis, executive director of the LiMO foundation was also at the conference, and surprisingly, didn't agree. He maintained there was already an active community of developers for the LiMO platform, where in the case of something like Symbian, it was mainly Nokia (owners of Symbian) behind the work.

The last thing the mobile industry needs is more fragmentation at a time when several OS platforms (Windows Mobile, LiMO, Symbian etc) are competing for consumer affections.

Gareth Beavis
Formerly Global Editor in Chief

Gareth has been part of the consumer technology world in a career spanning three decades. He started life as a staff writer on the fledgling TechRadar, and has grown with the site (primarily as phones, tablets and wearables editor) until becoming Global Editor in Chief in 2018. Gareth has written over 4,000 articles for TechRadar, has contributed expert insight to a number of other publications, chaired panels on zeitgeist technologies, presented at the Gadget Show Live as well as representing the brand on TV and radio for multiple channels including Sky, BBC, ITV and Al-Jazeera. Passionate about fitness, he can bore anyone rigid about stress management, sleep tracking, heart rate variance as well as bemoaning something about the latest iPhone, Galaxy or OLED TV.