[maemo-users] N800 etc.

From: Peter Flynn peter.flynn at mars.ucc.ie
Date: Sun Aug 30 14:13:47 EEST 2009
[Java not only a language but a platform]
> Thats part of Suns stupid marketing strategy. Its a language and a
> platform. C++ is a language. QT is a platform. Oh hell, according to
> the marketing Java is an OS as well.

It's a language. There are platforms and OS-like applications built with it, but it's a language.

> Both GTK and QT are plattforms which are just as powerfull as Java.
> The need for Java on Maemo is pretty limited.

Possibly, but essential in my case. It's a deal-breaker: no Java means I can't do my work, which requires several applications currently requiring Java. If Java isn't available for the N900, I won't buy it, and nor will any of my colleagues in the same business, several of whom bought N8*0s after seeing mine do what it does. 

But yes, for the average user, probably limited. 

By the same token I could say that the need for games on Maemo is "limited"...I'm not interested in them and couldn't give a tinker's cuss if they are available or not, but I'm sure there are lots of people for whom games are the deal-breaker; hence an N9** has to play games.

Ultimately, the message has to be, don't cripple the platform by restricting it. I believe that Nokia may finally have understood this, although we'll have to wait and see if the default apps are as poor as the N800's were. I sure hope not.


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