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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RE[2]: I feel Eugenia's pain
by Cloudy on Thu 29th Jun 2006 18:13 UTC in reply to "RE: I feel Eugenia's pain"
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Wrong, wrong wrong. Corporate buyers want a Blackberry's functionality. The ability to install applications doesn't even come up on their radar.

Palm would strongly dispute this argument, as the ability to customize aps to an industry is one of the stronger selling points of PalmOS based phones.

If any of that mattered huge platforms like PalmOS wouldn't be suddenly killed. Handset makers would, at least within their own line, standardize on a platform.

PalmOS hasn't been "suddenly killed." PalmSource has slowly bled it to death by not providing a reasonable update in over 5 years.

Handset makers are moving to standarize on a platform within their own line. Both Nokia and Motorola have extensive in-house programs to reduce the number of platforms.

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