[maemo-users] N900/Maemo 5 review

From: John B. Holmblad jholmblad at hotmail.com
Date: Sat Aug 29 18:15:53 EEST 2009

it was surely a R&D cost driven decision for Nokia to not provide a 
version of Freemantle that would work on the N800 and N810.

Of course, technically speaking, they could have done something to 
provide a back-port to older hardware, even if some Freemantle features 
had to be suppressed.

Obviously, however, the Nokia management team decided that the cost of 
doing this was higher than the implicit cost to their market place 
reputation  in the opinion of the relatively modest number of users of 
the older N series internet tablet products due to Nokia "dead ending" 
prior versions of the Internet Tablet products. It is an implicit "tough 
luck" message to those users from Nokia.

Apple itself did this (and made a big mistake in my opinion) in the 
early 90's when, after converting over to the Power PC processor 
platform, they dead ended a large and enthusiastic base of converts to 
initial versions of the the new Power PC based product family, by not 
backporting the OS to that initial Power PC hardware baseline. I and my 
family were among those converts (although I had already been using 
MAC's in business for 10 years by then), and, we have not been back (to 
Apple) since, although I am often tempted now that Apple has converted 
to X64 processor architecture.

Best Regards,


John Holmblad


Acadia Secure Networks, LLC

Mark wrote:
> On Thu, Aug 20, 2009 at 3:51 PM, Gary<gary at eyetraxx.net> wrote:
>> Mark wrote:
>>> That's an excuse (and a poor one), not a reason. When they never get
>>> around to actually finishing the OS or software for the N9X0, you'll
>>> be hearing "I told you so"...
>> Mobile processors are is going through upgrade cycles much faster than
>> the desktop and server processor market. 1st and 2nd gen iPhone users
>> can't record videos like the 3 GS -- why? It's probably a matter of
>> changing a config file to allow it on older hardware but can it handle
>> the workload well enough that it won't furstrate a few million end
>> users? I can run Windows 7 on a seven year old DELL notebook but do you
>> think can play the latest video games on it? Or even games from 5-7
>> years ago? Probably not. So if you'd like to develop your own Freemantle
>> port for N8X0 and N700 tablets we can all help you QA your efforts and
>> file lots of bugs for modern software that can't run efficiently on
>> legacy hardware.
>> -Gary
>> _______________________________________________
> That's a straw-man fallacy. If an N800 can run "real" Debian (and it
> definitely can), then leaving it out of Freemantle is inexcusable.
> Mark
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