McAfee joins expanding LiMo Foundation roster

More LinuxWorld news: Security technology developer McAfee announced its entrance into the LiMo Foundation, an independent non-profit founded to increase Linux adoption within the mobile industry. Per terms of its strategic partnership with the LiMo Foundation, McAfee will employ its mobile security expertise to enhance the end-user experience across mobile Linux-based software platforms. The firm will work closely with other LiMo members to ensure consumer security and performance--as of the present time, McAfee is the first and only security-focused vendor integrating its software with Linux-based mobile devices, and will implement its Mobile Security Risk Management approach throughout its efforts with the LiMo Foundation to improve service provider understanding and mitigation of security risks.

In addition, the LiMo Foundation announced a membership surge that sees the additions of Aplix, Celunite, LG Electronics, McAfee and Wind River as Core members, with participation on the LiMo Foundation Board. ARM, Broadcom, Ericsson, Innopath, KTF, MontaVista Software and NXP B.V. have joined as Associate members. Founders Motorola, NEC, NTT DoCoMo, Panasonic Mobile Communications, Samsung Electronics and Vodafone announced the formation of the LiMo Foundation in January 2007; membership is open to device manufacturers, operators, chip set manufacturers, independent software vendors, integrators and third party developers. The association said it expects the first handsets supporting the LiMo platform to begin shipment in the first half of 2008.

"The Founder Members are delighted to welcome this initial wave of new members to the LiMo Foundation. Their capabilities and talents will help to realize a competitive step change in the delivery of handsets and service propositions to consumers," said NTT DoCoMo's Kiyohito Nagata, who serves as LiMo Foundation chairman. "By joining the LiMo Foundation, members will be able to help guide the development of an open mobile terminal platform based on Linux that will speed up the delivery of handsets and further enhance the consumer experience."

For more on the McAfee/LiMo partnership:
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For more on the other new LiMo members:
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