[maemo-users] Nokia: Linux Needs to Learn Business

From: lakestevensdental lakestevensdental at verizon.net
Date: Sat Jun 14 00:57:54 EEST 2008
Mark wrote:
> Nokia has the resources to develop its own chips, which it could
> easily keep open. That would solve the problems for everybody (meaning
> consumers, developers and Nokia). 
Perhaps.  One way to look at this is the old VHS/Beta debate of 20 years
ago.  Sony's beta was technically the better format, but they kept the
screws on too tight when it came to licensing.  The VHS folks took an
aggressive marketing stance by offering licenses to anyone.   VHS won out.

Was everything under the VHS format 'open source' -- probably not.
There is some market prudence to  patent development and maintenance.
If you want X (made by Widget) to do this, you can license or buy it
from Widgets.

  Could a similar model be developed and offered by Nokia for the
internet tablets/phones?  Probably.  If they want to follow the VHS
model, they should get a couple other hardware players like Samsung
(name pulled out of a hat) involved.   Both could then offer open source
phones/tablets as a product operating on a common open source hardware
platform.  Then license that technology/product line to other companies
and let the IPhone suck serious vacuum.

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