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Linux Mobile (Cellular) Phone Survey: Motorola

Linux compatibility, synchronization and configuration guides for mobile (cellular) phones made by Motorola (tm) . The general resource section at the bottom, contains links to helpful Linux utilities (mostly available under GPL), community efforts, HOWTOs and FAQs. Have you written a documentation yourself? Then please feel free to submit a new entry.

Motorola 120CLinux 
Motorola 280  NEW  Linux 
Motorola A760 *)RedHat 9.0 
Motorola A760 *)Linux 
Motorola A768i *)Linux 
Motorola A768i *)Linux 
Motorola A780 *)Linux 
Motorola A780 *)  NEW  Debian Sarge 
Motorola A780 *) [PRINT]  NEW  LinuxGerman
Motorola A780 *)Linux 
Motorola A780 *)Linux 
Motorola A780 *)  NEW  OpenEZX 
Motorola A780 *)  NEW  Fedora Core 3 
Motorola A780 *)  NEW  Linux 
Motorola A780 *)  NEW  LinuxGerman
Motorola A835LinuxItalian
Motorola A920Gentoo 
Motorola C330Gentoo 
Motorola A1200 *)Linux 
Motorola A1200 *)  NEW  Linux 
Motorola A1200 *)  NEW  LinuxGerman
Motorola C333LinuxGerman
Motorola C350LinuxItalian
Motorola C350Linux 
Motorola C350Debian 
Motorola C350Debian 
Motorola C350, C360, C380  NEW  GentooRussian
Motorola C650DebianSpanish
Motorola C650LinuxSpanish
Motorola E398Linux 
Motorola E398  NEW  SlackwareIndonesian
Motorola E680Linux 
Motorola E680iLinux 
Motorola E690  NEW  Linux 
Motorola E770  NEW  LinuxItalian
Motorola E895Linux 
Motorola T160DebianItalian
Motorola T260 [archived link]  NEW  RedHat 6.1 
Motorola T720RedHat 9.0 
Motorola T730RedHat 9.0 
Motorola iDENFreeBSD 
Motorola Rokr E2  NEW  Linux 
Motorola Rokr E2  NEW  Linux 
Motorola Rokr E6 (and A1200)  NEW  OpenMoko 
Motorola Rokr E8 *)  NEW  LinuxGerman
Motorola TimePortLinux, FreeBSD 
Motorola TimePort 250Linux 
Motorola TimePort L7089, P7389, Ti250, Ti280 (P7689, Ti260)Linux 
Motorola U9  NEW  Linux 
Motorola V3 RazrDebian 
Motorola V3 RazrDebianItalian
Motorola V3  NEW  UbuntuItalian
Motorola V3  NEW  Ubuntu 6.10Italian
Motorola V3e  NEW  Ubuntu 6.10Italian
Motorola V3i  NEW  Novell/SuSE 10.1German
Motorola V3 RazrNovell/SuSE 9.3German
Motorola V3 RazrNovell/SuSE 10.0 
Motorola V3 RazrLinuxGerman
Motorola V3 RazrDebian Etch 
Motorola V3x RazrLinux 
Motorola V8 Razr2 (MotoRazr V8)  NEW  Debian 4.0 Etch 
Motorola V8 Razr2 Linux 
Motorola Razor  NEW  LinuxFrench
Motorola V66 (and others)Mandriva (Mandrake)Russian
Motorola V66, T280, T720i, V5xx and V3 RAZRLinux 
Motorola V330Mandriva (Mandrake) 10.1 
Motorola V360/V360v  NEW  Fedora 12, CentOS 
Motorola V400Slackware 10.0, 10.2 
Motorola V400 [archived link]Debian 
Motorola V600  NEW  Linux 
Motorola V600  NEW  Novell/SuSE 9.2, Fedora Core 3German
Motorola V710Debian 
Motorola V710RedHat 9.0, Fedora Core1 
Motorola MotoFone F3 Scpl  NEW  Linux 
Motorola MotoRizr Z6  NEW  Linux 

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Applications, Drivers, Communities


The open-ezx.org project tries to gather information about the Linux-based Motorola EZX phone platform (mainly the A780, E680 and E680i phones). It further tries to provide a 100% free software stack for those phones, especially a way to avoid any proprietary filesystem and/or device drivers. It also aims to provide a current (2.6.x) kernel with all required hardware support for the EZX phones.


MkEzx is a set of scripts and patches allowing you to build applications and "add-on distributions" for embedded Linux devices. MkEzx is primarily geared towards Motorola EZX handsets such as the A780, E680 and A1200, but a configuration file is also provided for mipsel / uClibc.

Motorola Fans

Motorola Fans is a community project to share resources about Motorola's mobile phones.


A760 includes the GPL'd sources of Motorolas A760 Linux smartphone.


KMobileTools is a nice KDE-based application that allows you to control mobile phones with your PC. It handles full SMS control, dialing calls, reading from phonebook, last dials, received and unanswered calls, and phone status monitoring (battery and signal for now). It's based on a Motorola C350 and C650, but it's also compatible with other mobile phones like Nokia, Ericsson and Siemens.

Startalk - Motorola Star TAC

StarTalk is a program that lets you read and write the entries in your Motorola StarTac PCS (CDMA) phonebook.


Moto4Lin is a file manager and seem editor for Motorola P2K phones (like C380/C650). It supports uploading, downloading, and deleting files on the phone and seem viewing and editing.


Blues55 allows you to use a Siemens S55 , Motorola V500 (and maybe other phones) as remote control for a PC. Once a Bluetooth connection has been established, the phone can control the mouse or send key-strokes.


Floola is an application to efficiently manage your iPod or your Motorola mobile phone (any model that supports iTunes) under Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows. Video and music files can be easily added and removed. Playlists can be managed with simple drag-and-drop. Lyrics and artwork are supported. Tracks can be submitted to last.fm.

USBMode for A780

USBMode can be used to change the mode of the USB port on a Motorola A780 cell phone. More so than a useful application, USBMode is meant to be a proof-of-concept that it is possible to create native GUI applications for this device without replacing the operating environment.

Unofficial EZX Software Development Kit

This is an unofficial SDK for Motorola EZX phones. This kit was created with the A780 in mind, but resulting applications reportedly work with E680i as well. It includes all required components from Trolltech Qt/Embedded 2.3.6 with appropriate patches applied, and a helloworld example program.


Using a Motorola Timeport GSM cellular phone with Linux and Infrared .


MOTODEV Studio is an environment for developing for Java ME, for UIQ/Symbian, or for MOTOMAGX via WebUI or Native Linux. It delivers all the APIs, tools and documentation you need in one place. Based on the Eclipse(tm) open framework, MOTODEV Studio is designed to support the entire application life cycle, from requirements definition to testing and deployment across Motorola platforms.

Motorola's Linux Phones Frustrate Developers

SlashDot: "Three years after Motorola first announced it was migrating its smart phones to Linux -- and a dozen models later -- there are still virtually no third-party applications for them, much less open source ones. Symbian and Microsoft both give away free SDKs to all willing developers, but Motorola seems to be putting up hurdles instead."

Developer Platform

Motorola offers a community-based development platform. It is primarily aimed at developers who are willing to contribute to Motorola's GNU/Linux-based mobile phones, either directly on firmware, or creating programs (native or Java) who are aimed to work on those phones. It currently features phone kernels, SD-TransFlash card reader drivers, Java MIDP3.0 draft.


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