Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 9th Mar 2011 19:30 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Leo Apotheker has big plans. HP (relatively) new CEO wants to transform the company, and is willing to break with almost everything his predecessor Mark Hurd set out. How about webOS on every computer shipped by HP?
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Scores pretty good?
by sorpigal on Thu 10th Mar 2011 11:15 UTC
sorpigal
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You can "Be good" and you can "Score well" but you can't "Score good."

On topic, I wish HP the best of luck. They are a long-time Linux supporter and have pretty decent hardware, faults included. If Meego continues to go nowhere and since Android is not very normal perhaps WebOS will be the Linux-based platform of choice for everything at some point. I would be okay with this, but HP absolutely has to allow and encourage multiple vendors to adapt it and ship it. The reason Android does as well as it does is that it's cheap and adaptable and, critically, you can't fight everybody. Windows can defeat Amiga and Mac OS because these are all single-vendor systems. UNIX was a pretty big success as far as it went because it was multi-vendor. The fact that forks and incompatibilities ruined it doesn't change the fact that for a time it was pervasive and its downfall is not something that must necessarily happen to all similar products. Apple can be better than the competition all day long but it won't matter in the long run if there's only one Apple and one iPhone where there are a hundred competitors shipping Android. Microsoft succeeded with Windows in part because it ran on hardware anybody could make: it was multi-vendor. If HP wants to they can still be the foundational force behind "the mobile phone platform" via WebOS, and if they're skilled businessmen this can be parlayed into "the platform" for a large array of devices, including regular PCs. But, to do it they've got to open up the system and let it be multi-vendor. It's not good enough to make a nice phone and sell it to 5% of the market. What you want is to make a nice phone OS and have everyone else ship it to 90% of the market. There's a lot more revenue in it, down the line, then having a flash in the pan today.

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