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

From: Kate Alhola kate.alhola at nokia.com
Date: Mon Jun 16 13:31:53 EEST 2008
To me open source means freedom. To me freedom means
right to think as i think but it also means right to think differently
than i do.

It is too common that when someone talks about freedom, he only means
right to think
as he thinks.

As consumer and Open source developer, i am against DRM or locked
devices but
as same time i must admit that these consumers that rather buy $20
locked and
crippled device and buy DRM content has also right to do so.

That means that i must admit that Ari Jaaksi is right, when we bring
Linux and
Open source to main stream market, the potential audience is no longer only
us, Open Source community but also main stream consumers.

As consumer, i vote with my valet, i don't never buy DRM content or in
don't buy crippled devices, it is my freedom.

There is still big markets, hundred of millions consumers that has different
opinion and rather buy subsidised devices or DRM content.

As major player in mobile device market, Nokia can't just let it out
from this big market segment by saying no.

I think that Nokia offers real freedom when it sells devices also as non
sim locked ones, you are not forced by Nokia to buy sim locked devices
or you are not forced buy DRM content.


ext Aniello Del Sorbo wrote:
> This has been caught by a slashdotter too and the comments we're on
> the very same tone.
> I think that what Ari wanted too say is that Nokia and the industry in
> general is not YET ready to work the way the open source community
> wants them to.
> This is understandable. Their point is to make money and they were
> just doing this.
> Recently, we, the open source community, showed them that there is
> some business in our words.
> And you know, industry has been always as slow in reacting to this
> matter as fast in reacting to money.
> I read his wording this way: "we want to listen and we are listening
> and actually even doing steps towards those open source rules. But the
> community asks too much and too fast.
> We listen and act. You do the same."
> It's fair.
> --
> Aniello
> On Fri, Jun 13, 2008 at 6:49 PM, tanguyr <tanguyr at gmail.com> wrote:
>> source:
>> http://www.businessweek.com/globalbiz/content/jun2008/gb20080612_288518.htm?chan=top+news_top+news+index_global+business
>> the killer quote:
>>> Jaaksi admitted that concepts like these [DRM, intellectual property
>>> rights, SIM locks and subsidised business models]"go against the open-source
>>> philosophy", but said they were necessary components of the current mobile
>>> industry. "Why do we need closed vehicles? We do," he said. "Some of these
>>> things harm the industry but they're here [as things stand]. These are
>>> touchy, emotional issues but this dialogue is very much needed. As an
>>> industry, we plan to use open-source technologies but we are not yet ready
>>> to play by the rules; but this needs to work the other way round too."
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