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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Soulbender
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2005-08-18

"Yes, because they are different OSes. I am not asking in my article to have ALL cellphones to be compatible. I am asking the LINUX-based cellphones to be compatible."

Why not? If Joe User don't care what OS his phone runs he would also want compatibility regardless of OS.

"And for Linux to play a ROLE in that future, it MUST be compatible with its incarnations."
Linux is. It's the customized API's and extra stuff that isn't but that has *NOTHING* to do with Linux and everything to do with the manufacturer of the device.
It also doesn't really have anything to do with Linux "future" in the field. If Linux continues to work well for the manufacturers it will have a future. If it it doesn't, it will be gone.
Oh yeah, and "Linux" in itself doesn't really have any interest in being a market leader or anything in the mobile space.

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