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

From: Luca Olivetti luca at ventoso.org
Date: Sat Jun 14 22:45:27 EEST 2008
En/na Theodore Tso ha escrit:
> On Sat, Jun 14, 2008 at 01:31:51AM +0200, Luca Olivetti wrote:
>> In the case of the wifi chip you could buy it from atheros or ralink 
>> (and I'm sure there are other), that at least have open drivers, and 
>> don't base their business model on linux without giving anything back 
>> like broadcom.
> As I mentioned earlier, the real challenge in the mobile space is
> getting chipsets which combine multiple functions (cell phone
> services, GPS, wifi, 3G, etc.) into a single chipset, using very low
> power consumption so devices can be both (a) lightweight, and (b) have
> a decent battery lifespan.

I was just pointing out that broadcom isn't the only game in town, in 
fact from a free software advocate point of view is the worst choice: 
they can sell cheap devices (I'm thinking adsl routers here, not 
portable devices) thanks to Linux and the only thing we get out of them 
are binary blobs that only work with one kernel.
There *are* other vendors out there that are cooperative with free 
software developers and they aren't selling bad, expensive, poorly 
integrated, power hogs products.
Given that most of them offer more or less the same features at more or 
less the same price point, choosing the most closed of them gives a 
clear signal than you don't care about freedom.

> It's not that hard to make something that is the size and weight of an
> OpenMoko device,

I'm happy with the size and weight of an internet tablet (in fact I 
don't think you can do it any smaller without compromising screen 

> but most people like their cell phones light and
> thin, and for 99.99% of the population out there, this plus "must be
> low cost" tends to trump considerations such as open drivers.

90% of the population is using windows, and ten years ago it was 
probably 100%, thank God neither Linus nor RMS cared about those numbers 
(and neither did you).

>  If
> you'd like to try to convince the general population that they should
> ditch their Blackberries and RZOR's for Open Moko's, please don't let
> me stop you....

Actually I don't especially like open moko (not that I like crapberries 
and rzors): it's a phone and I don't particularly like. That's why I 
bought an Internet Tablet instead.
Now, the pandora looks interesting....


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