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Verizon, Mozilla, SK Telecom And Others Join Mobile Linux Efforts; Enterprise Targeted

Verizon Wireless (NYSE: VZ) confirmed today that it will support the Linux mobile-phone operating system, and join the LiMo Foundation as a core member, signaling its commitment to the platform. As part of the announcement, LiMo announced a list of other new supporters, including SK Telecom (NYSE: SKM), Infineon Technologies, Kvaleberg, Mozilla, Red Bend Software, Sagem Mobiles, and SFR. Releases.

Kyle Malady, Verizon’s VP-network, said in a conference call this morning that Linux will be added to the platforms Verizon already supports, including Windows Mobile, Palm (NSDQ: PALM) and Brew. It does not preclude the No. 2 carrier from joining Google’s (NSDQ: GOOG) Android platform in the future, Malady said. LiMo was chosen over Google’s Open Handset Alliance because it already had handsets in the marketplace, and had a variety of members crossing all sections of the industry. “We anticipate that as we move down the path of Linux, we