Linked by Amjith Ramanujam on Fri 17th Oct 2008 18:36 UTC, submitted by Hakime
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "The T-Mobile G1 Google smartphone, designed by Google and made by HTC, remains firmly in the shadow of the iPhone-for now. The phone, which goes on sale next week in the US and next month in Britain, was released too early. The HTC hardware and Android OS that powers it lack the polish and depth of even the iPhone 1.0 in most respects. It's not a bad phone, but the software and hardware needed more time in the oven to bring them to a golden brown crispness." Full review at Arstechnica.
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RE[5]: maybe update
by saucerful on Sun 19th Oct 2008 22:28 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: maybe update"
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It's true there are a lot of open source apps out whose existence very much hinges on the fact that most commercial software doesn't run on Linux.

But "setting the world on fire" is hardly the metric for success. Actually a lot of the software which has done that is pretty shitty (iTunes, case in point).

Anyway, here are some real ("from some dudes garage", or at least thats where they started) open source apps that are, in my experience, as strong as any commercial alternatives:

VLC, MPlayer, Gaim (now Pidgin, and also Adium), Audacity, Amarok.

Not to mention classic Unix apps like Emacs and Vi(m).

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