[maemo-developers] [maemo-developers] OS2006 roadmap

From: Andrew Barr andrew.james.barr at gmail.com
Date: Wed Jan 10 23:30:23 EET 2007
On Wed, 2007-01-10 at 22:37 +0200, Jani-Matti Hätinen wrote:
> IMHO opening the platform and competing with the iPhone have very
> little in common. The iPhone (and Apple products in general) aren't
> exactly appealing to those of us who value openness and freedom.

Exactly. I am one of the few people who _don't_ think the iPhone is
anything special (or much less "OMG the greatest thing since sliced
bread" which we've been hearing from more than a few of the fanboyz) as
it stands now. It's probably rather similar to existing hardware on the
inside...they might marginally impress me if, say, it really _does_ run
Mac OS X (not something totally different _called_ OS X) on a new arch
like ARM or if they put an embedded PPC chip in there...which is
relatively unusual compared to the usage of ARM. But I _do_ value
openness and freedom, and I have been pretty much consistently
disappointed by Nokia's decisions over the course of the 770's software

When I buy hardware, I buy with an eye to free and open Linux support.
Which is why I own _no_ nVidia hardware and the only ATI card I have
(but don't use) is a 7xxx-something. Not only does voting with your
wallet mean something, it will give you an easier time of using _your_
hardware under the best OS on the planet. :-)

Andrew (who is waiting for Rockbox to come to his 2G iPod Nano)

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