[maemo-users] Repeat quetion : Diablo update to OS2008HE ? (Was: Software Choices for New Nokia 770?)

From: Ryan Abel rabelg5 at gmail.com
Date: Wed Oct 29 02:09:12 EET 2008
On Oct 28, 2008, at 4:03 PM, Luca Olivetti wrote:

> El Tue, 28 Oct 2008 19:35:17 +0000
> "gary liquid" <liquid at gmail.com> escribió:
>> Shall we expect Nokia to simply cease development work and stop
>> everything because they have users of a current generation who can't
>> use the newer faster better way of doing something?
>> Should Sony have remained at the playstation1 level because they had
>> a lot of owners?
> I can run the latest linux distribution on an almost 10 years old
> computer, and I assure you that the distro
> maker didn't stand still to cater for me. It's obviously slower than a
> new computer but it's quite useable, I just turn off the most  
> demanding
> desktop effects and don't use it for 3d animation. Heck, I could even
> use lxde instead of kde4 if I really cared about its slowness.
> If I buy, say, a netbook, I'll lose the pocketability of the tablet
> (and that's quite an important factor), but I know that 10 years from
> now I'll probably be able to use it (if it lasts, which I doubt, since
> most electronics nowadays are made to use and throw away in a matter  
> of
> months, yes, including the tablets) with the latest and greatest.

This is a totally bogus analogy.

No matter what you think, the mobile ARM hardware just cannot be  
equated to off-the-shelf x86 hardware, it's a whole different beast,  
for which you have to understand the issues involved. The embedded  
market simply moves too quickly, with each generation existing at the  
"barely enough" performance end of the spectrum. The performance  
margins are simply too thin and the hardware capabilities too modest.

That said, I'm fairly certain Nokia doesn't even know for certain  
whether Fremantle will be supported on the OMAP2 generation yet. Let's  
wait until it's decided one way or the other before we start throwing  

Ryan Abel
Maemo Community Council chair

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