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

From: Julius Szelagiewicz julius at turtle.com
Date: Sat Jun 14 19:58:07 EEST 2008
On Fri, 13 Jun 2008, Graham Cobb wrote:

> On Friday 13 June 2008 21:28:09 Steve Brown wrote:
> > We/I want
> > to buy, and work on open devices. It's really as simple as that.
> I would like to do that as well.  But I don't see any such devices being
> created.  (I would also like a flying car).  Android most certainly is not
> that.  And no GSM device which was completely open would get type approval to
> be legal in the EU.
> If you do not want to use or contribute to a device which is not completely
> open that is, of course, your choice.  I, on the other hand, am willing to
> work on a device which provides an open application environment and an SDK --
> that is the key thing for me.  US-style application locks (which,
> fortunately, have always been rare in the GSM world) are what I really object
> to.
> Of course, you are entitled to think that I am selling out a point of
> principle.  And I may think that you are being unrealistic.  Agreeing to
> differ is perfectly fine -- but please do not speak for me.
> > And you
> > know, it's fine if Nokia doesn't want to take the risk of being one of the
> > first, but it just makes me sad to see how misinformed Jaaksi is to think
> > he can reason us out of what we want and how he doesn't see the potential
> > of what open source can bring Nokia (and he's the head of open-source
> > operations!!). Now he just wants to get and not give, but I can understand
> > that, it just seems to be the viewpoint of someone who doesn't know alot
> > about how this open source thingy works, that's all. Maybe Nokia should
> > have someone in that position who understands F/OSS...
> I think he/they do understand it quite well.  F/OSS is a broad community with
> many different views, including yours, and mine (and many others).  Much of
> the community (although not you, and many others who share your views) are
> willing to contribute without complete openness.
> My personal "rules" (which define what I will or will not do, but which I do
> not try to impose on others) is that I am willing to tolerate the notion of
> commercial subsidy with some restrictions: I tolerate sim-locks, which allow
> the toys I want to be made available to me for less cost in exchange for a
> reasonable restriction (like not using it on another operator for 18 months).
> In practice, I accept it if it seems like a fair deal: I insist that the
> device is also available not locked, for a reasonable price and that the
> discount for the sim lock is considerable and the lock for a limited time.
> In those circumstances I think sim-locks are perfectly reasonable.
> On the other hand, I do not tolerate DRM in its current form because it is not
> a fair deal.  Typically the content being protected by DRM is not available
> for a reasonable price without DRM, the DRM does not provide me with a
> considerable discount, and the DRM restrictions do not expire after a
> reasonable time.  My objection to DRM is not one of principle: it is one of
> fairness.
> I would be interested in engaging in a dialogue with Nokia to see if they
> would espouse some similar sorts of fairness principles, in exchange for some
> of us accepting the things he talks about and contributing to devices which
> include them.
> > I'm just glad that, in the meantime, I'm going to have open alternatives.
> What open alternatives?  That is a serious question -- I personally know of no
> manufacturer making devices which are more open than the Internet Tablets and
> would be interested to know what is/will be available.
> Graham
	I believe that Graham is right, while the detractors have one
excellent point they seem unaware of: The driving force behind the N8x0
tablet and FOSS use by Nokia is Ari Jaaksi. I am pretty sure that without
him there would be no Nokia tablet. I'm also pretty sure that Ari "gets"
the FOSS model. If we make his efforts and results look less credible to
the "suits", Ari will be applying his talents somewhere else in Nokia. To
make sure it doesn't happen we might help by making the tablet
irresistible to all kinds of buyers, not just Linux hobbyists. Think what
we can do to make N8x0 sell to corporate users. I am rolling a bunch of
them out as signature capture devices used by my company's truck drivers.
It's a small beginning at about 50, but it is a beginning. I'll probably
use them as signature pads at the counters too, but for that I need to
find time to actually write programs instead of just quick scripting.

	The best way to get Nokia to make really open devices is to show
them that they can make money that way.

	That's my $0.02. julius

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