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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It's Natural
by segedunum on Thu 29th Jun 2006 11:39 UTC
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In the Linux desktop world, distributions are generally compatible (you can actually just run an app most of the time) because they are full of the same open source software.

In the mobile world, where the user interface and phone logic on top of a modified Linux system is poprietary did anyone really think phone manufacturers and developers wouldn't get protectionist about this? It's called proprietary thinking, and Microsoft does it. The only option in this world at the moment is Symbian, because at least I can install things like Opera and Oggplay on any phone with little effort.

Linux using companies don't seem to realise that they are bit part players, and it is no time to be getting protectionist. The best thing Trolltech could do to increase their market is set up a consortium for Qtopia so that phone infrastructure based on it can all be compatible, in a similar way to Symbian. Symbian isn't perfect, but it does seem to work.

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