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]: But wait, there's more
by Cloudy on Fri 30th Jun 2006 00:08 UTC in reply to "RE: But wait, there's more"
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The only operators who are excerting that kind of pressure are Sprint/Nextel and Verizon. and T-Mobile, and ChinaMobile, and DoCoMo, and Orange,

eh, I can't think of a single carrier that's not.

There has been no evidence offered by anyone on this thread that there is broad customer demand for aftermarket software on their phone.

The market in ringtones and add on games is on the order of 5 billion dollars in the US; of which 20% is add on games. That's only one of the three markets for add on software.

There may be marketing data to the contrary, but I would guess it's historical, rather than predictive.

3G network support is not an innovation the Linux kernel developers care about. unless those developers happen to work for Motorola, Nokia, PalmSource, MontaVista, or half a dozen other players who are trying to make Linux viable in the cell business.

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