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Sounds about right.

Even trying, doing it securely would be hard.

I'd probably say "precise."

In the sense that precision takes time and money, but mostly the former.

Starting on a Linux base gets them a lot of time saved, but as soon as they start having to write custom code (and they'll have to write a lot of it to re-adapt Linux to mobile systems) they're back in the same boat.

Essentially, mythical man month. There's no amount of programmers you can throw on a project to produce a secure, complex OS in a week's time.

Extrapolate to Android still making major security rearchitectures after a decade? Good luck starting back on Step 1 of that journey.

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