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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CELLphones are not compatible, SMARTphones are.

No they aren't and you even give examples of how they aren't in your own comment.

Do you think that Nokia, Palm and MS are stupid for striving to offer their own platform with binary compatibility?

Which is three different incompatible platforms right there. Lotta good that does you. And Nokia isn't compatible across all their smartphones, Series 30 and Series 60 are not compatible, nor are their Linux devices.

For example, Panasonic and Samsung had offered S60 phones in the past too, and they were compatible with Nokia's S60 phones.

Which aren't compatible with UIQ from Ericsson (also Symbian) or anyone else.

This is what people want more and more.

Right, and that's why Palm is now using WinMob on the Treo, because of good compatibility with PalmOS, right? That's why Nokia uses three different smart platforms, Linux, and 2 Symbian. That's why Ericsson Symbian isn't compatible with anyone else (not to mention Ericsson's other, failed, smart platforms). WinMob isn't compatible with anyone else. Motorola isn't compatible across their phone lines. Heck, JavaME isn't compatible and its Java.

Who are you kidding, this isn't a Linux thing, this is a cell phone industry thing. And seriously, get a grip, no one but you really cares. Most of us are happy to manage to receive phone calls reliably, forget about "smart" features.

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