[maemo-users] Nokia netbook

From: Fernando Cassia fcassia at gmail.com
Date: Tue Aug 25 18:12:35 EEST 2009
On Tue, Aug 25, 2009 at 11:47 AM, Kenneth Loafman<kenneth at loafman.com> wrote:

>> that would be awesome!
> Wonder if Nokia will honor a refund if you swap to Maemo from Windows?
> ...Ken

It's the IBM OS/2 story all over again.... a company that doesn't have
faith in its own OS is a company doomed to FAIL in the software space.

In the case of IBM, you had a division (IBM Software) with an
excellent piece of software (32-bit OS/2 2.x - Warp 3.x-4.x) and the
rest of the company in bed with Microsoft (specially the IBM PC Co.
and Lotus in charge of "fake war hero" Jeff Papows). So the first
battle IBM software had to do was convincing the rest of the company
on the virtues of its software.

In the case of Nokia, you have a good OS (Maemo) that could run across
the whole range of the firms' devices, yet the top managers and the
"rest of the company" are not sold on the virtues of having its own
OS, much less on the faith in open source software.

Do you see Microsoft isntalling a non-Microsoft OS on its systems? NO.
Do you see Apple vouching the "ease of use" virtues of Windwows Vista
or Seven? NO.
Yet, we do see the likes of Palm shipping Windows Mobile devices and
Nokia shipping a Windows based Netbook.

That speaks volumes about the fath of Nokia on its own OS's merits....

"Market share" my *ss. If it was for market share alone Apple would be
selling Windows systems... and Sun Microsystems would be promoting
Windows Server instead of OpenSolaris...

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