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 achates on Thu 29th Jun 2006 19:17 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: rhavyn is on cack"
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In addition to those three incentives, add
(4) operator pressure to support customization across manufacturers (vendors would rather not, but carrier requirements have been growing steadily narrower)
(5) aftermarket software makes the phone much more desirable to many customers and can provide both vendor revenue and carrier revenue
(6) easier to bring in new technologies if you use the same platform the technology innovators do (like Linux)

Seriously - Motorola and other vendors WANT to have a Linux-based platform, they're just struggling with how to create one. There have been multiple attempts (CELF, LiPS, the unnamed foundation); maybe one of them will reach critical mass.

EZX wasn't intended to be a broad platform, it was intended to be a limited-market product; the last thing Motorola would want to do is open it up and have it grow a following while they're trying to build and promote a next-generation software base designed to be a real platform, open to third-party development.

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