Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 29th Jun 2006 01:33 UTC
Linux Linux has one, last, chance to become the No1 OS in a particular consumer-oriented market (not counting servers): the mobile phone market. The open nature and yes, the hype around Linux has made lots of mobile-oriented companies to consider using Linux for their next-generation cellphones. But there is a major problem on the way to success, a problem which is created not by Linux itself, but by the greed and close-mindness of these same companies that endorse Linux.
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One of the reasons
by mahoney on Thu 29th Jun 2006 02:02 UTC
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One of the reasons why Motorola is pushing Java is binary compatibility issues. When you have cellphone with limited memory you can't release compat libraries for every little point revision a la Linux nor can you maintain backwards compat by not shedding older APIs a la Windows. To allow Motorola with enough freedom to change the underpinnings of the system there needs something that is sufficiently detached. Java solves this problem and provides a platform independent binary layer too! Of course J2ME is a piece of shit on 99.9% of all platforms but in theory it's sound. :-)

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