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: But wait, there's more
by rhavyn on Thu 29th Jun 2006 19:29 UTC in reply to "But wait, there's more"
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(4) operator pressure to support customization across manufacturers (vendors would rather not, but carrier requirements have been growing steadily narrower)

The only operators who are excerting that kind of pressure are Sprint/Nextel and Verizon. And for the most part, those companies deal with the second rate handset makers who would do pretty much anything to keep their business. Nokia, for example, has the GSM market wrapped up and it's odd to even see a Nokia handset for Verizon/Sprint/Nextel.

(5) aftermarket software makes the phone much more desirable to many customers and can provide both vendor revenue and carrier revenue

There has been no evidence offered by anyone on this thread that there is broad customer demand for aftermarket software on their phone. There is, however, a huge amount of market data that people aren't interested in advanced phone features beyond SMS/MMS and IM.

(6) easier to bring in new technologies if you use the same platform the technology innovators do (like Linux)

Except you're talking about, for the most part, mutually exclusive sets of innovations. 3G network support is not an innovation the Linux kernel developers care about. And I highly doubt the cell manufacturers care about iSCSI support.

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