Ted Lemon mellon at
Fri Jan 11 16:50:15 CET 2008

On Jan 11, 2008, at 5:56 AM, Schmidt András wrote:
> In my opinion there is nothing that the root account can protect on  
> a single user handheld device.
> Phones are normally used single user.
> When an application gets the rights for that user then it can access  
> all personal information and all network resources (Wifi, GSM  
> network). What else remains? What resource would you protect with  
> the root account?

If this is a sincere question, I'd really encourage you to give the  
OLPC bitfrost spec a read:

Unfortunately, the conclusion you've drawn is completely wrong.   I'm  
very interested in the OLPC Bitfrost work - I think it has application  
in the wider sphere of Linux implementations, and the OpenMoko  
environment is a classic case.

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