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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by Nicram on Thu 29th Jun 2006 11:42 UTC
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First of all i would like to say that... The Linux isn't problem. I thing Eugenia missed one thing. Than Linux is not GUI. Linux is the kernel. So Linux is the one, standard PLATFORM for all vendors that make their own distros for their cellphones based on it. This is great & problematic in the same time because Linux do not got one simple framework. It's just give you kernel with few tools, that may help you make your own OS with Linux kernel. Just that & only that. Problem is not Linux. Problem are vendors, that do not make any standard framework for making software to work on all distros. The same thing is with normal Linux distros on PCs. The choice is good, but too much choice make chaos. & this is what Linux is currently. When You go to some website of some nice software You may find there few or even many packages of the same software for many distros (debian, fedora, slackware, suse, ubuntu etc. etc.). This is bad, because it shows that developer don't have to write software, they must check how it will work on all Linux distros & then make packages containing librariers that are, or that aren't on some distro & sometimes even make some pathes because differences in kernel. This is sunject for another story ofcourse, & with smartphones & Linux it is even harder because differences in hardware. but... As i sayd, Linux is platform. The problem is that vendors can't make this platform work in same way for all. They got wonderfull things, but they have to use 3rd party framework for making software for it. Here chaos comes & destroys compatibility. In the graphic industry the OpenGL was born, & OpenGL ES. Those are common used standards, used on all archs & all hardware platforms. It's made with ARB consorcium. Why cellphone & PDA makers can't make such standard that let apps run on all platforms? Because it's not give monopoly for one of them. It will then shows real differences in OS. Now the main difference is software list. & everyone knows that WM is winner here. Do you think that they will wan't make their software run maybe even better on other smartphones that with WM? I don't think so. So even if Linux is great platdform, it will die...

Edited 2006-06-29 11:47

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