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

From: Anuj Verma (Kevin) kevinverma at gmail.com
Date: Wed Jun 18 10:48:59 EEST 2008
On Sat, Jun 14, 2008 at 1:32 AM, Theodore Tso <tytso at mit.edu> wrote:
> On Fri, Jun 13, 2008 at 01:01:51PM -0600, 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).
> Many companies can *afford* to build and design new chips from
> scratch, yes --- but unfortunately companies are not charities.  The
> question is can you create a credible business plan where a single
> company (and I don't care whether it is Nokia, Lenovoa, Dell, or
> anyone else) or maybe a consortium of companies, produces a new
> multi-function wireless chip that does 3G, Wifi, and everything else,
> and at the very least breaks even compared with the cost of buying
> that same component from Broadcom, or whatever supplier they might
> happen to have.

Making more open design hardware is exactly the problem Nokia needs to
solve instead of solving GPL.

> Remember, the mobile business is a highly competitive one, and if it
> costs an extra $20 per handset, that company will be hugely
> disadvantaged when they try to get carriers to pick up their phones
> (at least in the US market, where 99% of cell phones are sold through
> carriers).
> And if you think someone is going to put down a huge capital
> investment just to create an open chipset for the relatively small
> internet tablet market, and do it in a way that won't lose vast
> amounts of money, you're *really* smoking something pretty good.

You really give me some reason to strong my belief that Nokia has no
guts to say Linux can be a better preposition ever than Sybian is.

>> But they're not doing it out of fear
>> of backlash from the closed community. Heaven help the company that
>> sticks its neck out and breaks the industry wide open for *real*
>> innovation...
> I don't think it has anything to do with that at all.  It's about a
> creating valid business plan where it at least breaks even, especially
> since the number of people that would actually pay extra for open
> device drivers is very small.  I happen to be one of them, but I
> *know* that I am in the minority.

Open drivers for an open design will probably even cost nothing to
Nokia , I really hope so.

> It's just like in the airline business, where people will kvetch about
> comfort, and lack of hot food in economy class, but where time and
> time again, it has been proven that when it comes down to deciding
> whether to fly with airline X or airline Y, the vast majority of
> customers overwhelmingly go with whatever is cheapest.
> If you think you're so smart, and can figure a way to make money while
> "breaking the industry wide open", I can certainly introduce you to a
> few VC's (and VC's are really good at shredding six business plans
> before breakfast --- well, at least during multiple breakfast meetings.  :-)

Let there be a non Nokia dependent Maemo community, who needs VCs ?
Let there be fair models of business and true service values;
Serve well or get slapped, works best for real FOSS companies & customers.


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